chaggle wrote: ↑
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:19 pm
Would the UK actually be forced to implement a border between NI and the republic? The EU might have to but do we?
What if we just didn't?
I presume that the EU would force the Republic of Ireland to impose import controls on any goods from the UK, in terms both of charging any EU import duties and ensuring that the goods comply with EU standards in terms of safety, quality, etc etc. Which will involve a major delay at the border for those exporting to the Republic. The UK doesn't have to reciprocate, but that's a separate issue.
I gather that the Chequers meeting resulting in agreement over "divergence", which is code for a Brexit tending towards the hard side, since it means that UK standards may diverge from EU ones - which implies border controls.
There seems to be some softening from Labour, with Thornberry stating that the UK would have to be in a form of customs union with the EU - not THE customs union, but one very similar. Commentators were speculating that if Labour wished to adopt a soft Brexit in marked contrast to the Tories, they could wipe out the remnant of the Lib Dems, since being pro-EU is about all they have going for them. Their problem, of course, is that a very clear majority of Labour constituencies - the traditional working class ones - voted enthusiastically for Brexit. So the general advice to Labour seems to be to continue their current ambiguity and avoid disturbing their enemies while they are in the process of making a complete hash of things.