Turkey's has a Customs Union with the EU doesn't it?
It is in a Customs Union, but not the same one as the rest of the EU.
The Turkish Customs Union does not cover areas such as agriculture, or services.
Remind me how friction-less the border between Turkey and Greece is.
Turkey does not have a friction-less border as it does not have a comprehensive customs union and is not part of the Single Market as such there is not a common rules book/equivalence in legislation.
All there needs to be is an agreement on tariffs once the UK rejoins EFTA and with the combined EEA membership, hey presto, no border despite no customs union.
No, we have gone through this before up thread. EFTA Countries do have borders with the EU - just check the border between Norway and Sweden as as an example:https://goo.gl/maps/e9un7Vz3SKF2
You need both a customs agreement and convergence of legislation (i.e. a "Common Rule Book") to enable a friction-less border.
The Customs Union and Single Market separately do not achieve this - you need both.
And no customs union means no Common Commercial Policy which means the UK would be able to make its own bilateral trade agreements.
If you are not in the Customs Union, then yes you can make your own trade agreements, but also immediately lose the 65+ trade agreements that the Customs Union Provides, e.g. Canada, South Korea and soon Australia and New Zealand and you then also have an issue with the Good Friday Agreement and the Irish Border.
edit : forgot to add, the Schengen area is also needed to completely remove borders - as passport checks are then not required. UK/Ireland have a similar structure in place through the Common Travel Area,
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on Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:48 am, edited 1 time in total.