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Old 22nd Jul 2019, 11:26
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Ecce Homo! Loquitur...
Join Date: Jul 2000
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Posts: 9,967
There is nothing to negotiate.

It is simply a question of logic.

You cannot be outside a customs union and not have a border.

It is that simple. Really.
Someone should tell Dublin......

Checks at border avoidable even if no-deal Brexit, claims Ireland's man in Brussels

A way can be found to avoid animal and food checks on the border - even in the case of a no-deal Brexit, the Republic's EU Commissioner Phil Hogan has said.

Mr Hogan moved to allay a growing view that checks, especially for live animals, cannot be avoided at the Irish border if the UK quits the EU without a deal on October 31.

Earlier DUP chief whip Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said he was open to the idea of checks on animals from Great Britain in a no-deal scenario taking place as they arrive anywhere on the island.

Amid ongoing uncertainty in Britain, there is a growing acceptance that the risk of a no-deal Brexit has increased, with a result in the UK Conservative Party leadership election due next week.

But Mr Hogan also held out the hope that a new Prime Minister - be it Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt - can deliver "a good Brexit outcome" this autumn. He insisted that a no-deal result is far from inevitable. The former Fine Gael minister said the entire island of Ireland was already treated as one entity for animal and public health issues.

"We'd like to continue that arrangement and I don't see any difficulty between the UK and the EU in respect of this," Mr Hogan said.

He said the UK has published 16 pieces of legislation, and the EU 19 draft laws, to allow a smooth transition dealing with border issues on a "pragmatic basis".

Mr Hogan said animal health issues on the island of Ireland were the joint responsibility of the Dublin authorities and the Northern Ireland Office, which reported to the EU in Brussels.

"Even in a no-deal situation, we can put in place the necessary protocols so this would not be a problem," he said.....

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