Hard border? September 2, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
I’m no fan of David Davis. And as for Peter Sutherland. Hey, I’m no fan of him either. And in a disagreement between the two I’d tend to the view that it would be best if they both lost. But… I did think the latter had more than a half a point when…
Former EU commissioner Peter Sutherland has rejected a claim by the British Brexit secretary that there will be no hard trade border in Ireland after the UK leaves the EU.
But on the other hand the reporting of Davis was over the top. A closer reading of his words suggested far from, as media suggested, ruling out a hard border he was a fair bit more equivocal.
He also said Britain and the Republic both wanted to maintain an open Border on the island and the Common Travel Area.
“We will work to achieve that, to ensure that that benefit is retained but we have the strength of that CTA that I think has suited both the UK and the Republic of Ireland very, very well for decades and how we want to see that continue.”
Which is the equivalent of me saying that I want world peace and apple pie delivered to everyone. Nice if we can get it. But nothing more than an aspiration.
To which Sutherland made the not unreasonable response:
“I am absolutely mystified, not for the first time in this debate, about what is coming out of London,” he said. “We have been told by a number of Conservative Party spokespeople that Britain will leave the common customs area of the EU. If this is true, the customs union, which relates to sharing a common external tariff of the EU, will have to be maintained by all other EU countries with the UK following its withdrawal. Goods will have to be checked at borders.
“I would be very fearful that they may be heading towards a negotiation that will require a hard Border between north and south in Ireland. Dismissing this as a prospect at this stage is ridiculous.”
Mind you why should we be surprised when one D. Davis was responsible for this only a month or so ago.
On a not unrelated subject look at the list of worthies involved in the newly instated Northern Ireland Advisory Group…
The four core members are the Confederation of British Industry, the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses, and the Institute of Directors (NI). Mr Brokenshire said the British government “will get the best possible deal for Northern Ireland” and dismissed suggestions he was out of step with the majority in the North who voted to remain in the EU. “The public of the UK gave a very clear vote,” he said. “We now need to move on and get the best possible deal for the UK and for Northern Ireland.”
Yeah. Business. As usual.