tommy1808 wrote:scbriml wrote:For people, I don't see how an open border between RoI and NI is any different post-Brexit to what's in place today. Given RoI is already outside the Schengen agreement and that the UK wants visa-free travel for EU citizens, the only difference post-Brexit would be that an EU citizen that travels to RoI, then crosses the 'non border' into NI would not have the right to live or work there that they do today.
Again one word: customs.
In order to take care of that, you have to have checkpoints. Bye bye open border. Unless the UK stays in the common market.
Exactly. The most relevant part of Jayafe's quote is this:
...This [the new paper] is a welcome concession to reality, but it is predicated on an even bigger unreality: the assumption that the EU will agree to something quite extraordinary: that a 500km external EU border with more than 200 crossing points will be effectively unpoliced. People and goods will pass over it without let or hindrance. Smugglers, people traffickers and terrorists will go on their merry way unmolested. Small companies will not have to do customs checks at all; large ones will operate a charming honour system in which they retrospectively declare the goods they have moved and pay their duties...
The proposal is unworkable. Either there is a border or there isn't, but this we'll pretend there is a border to appease the leavers but actually it won't be there is pure fantasy.
Smuggling and people trafficking would be rampant, and it goes totally against the secure our borders mantra May was elected on. The British public has made clear they don't trust the EU as enforcing their own borders, why would they change their mind now?