Express – “UK goods will have a Irish back door into Europe irrespective of Brexit outcome – senator”

BRITISH firms will have an unofficial back door into Europe irrespective of the Brexit talks if Government proposals go ahead, it was claimed today.

By Darren Hunt, Express: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/841717/Brexit-news-Northern-Ireland-border-customs-union-BBC-latest-video-Republic-of-Ireland

Fianna Fáil senator Mark Daly said the border between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland would effectively promote a “smugglers charter” as UK firms realised they had a soft entry to EU markets.

The Irish politician said the report released by the Government over the customs union would transform the Irish border to a “back door into Europe”.

Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Daly claimed the Republic and north already had an issue with smuggling and the British Government’s plans would increase problems.

The Irish politician said the report released by the Government over the customs union would transform the Irish border to a “back door into Europe”.

Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Daly claimed the Republic and north already had an issue with smuggling and the British Government’s plans would increase problems.

He said: “Ireland wants to have the best deal on Brexit for Britain and it is vital for the peace process that there is no reimposition of border posts or border checks on this island.

Mr Daly continued with his explanation of why the Irish border would be transformed into a “smugglers charter” from people acting dishonestly.

He added: “But what you are not talking about is the people who are going to be dishonest.

“If there are trade differentials between the UK and other non-European partners, our border would be a back door into Europe.

“So people would import goods that are cheaper under tariff arrangements with the UK and then bring them into the Republic and into the EU.

“Of course the UK want to advantage economically over the EU and will do preferential trade agreements with non-EU countries and that becomes a smugglers charter on this island

“We already have a smuggling problem while both jurisdictions are within the EU.”

On Tuesday the Department for Exiting the European Union released a report explaining how the UK would push for a customs partnership with the EU after Britain has exited from the bloc.

The proposals set out would see Britain and the EU enforcing each other’s customs rules so there would be no need for a new physical border post-Brexit.

Mr Verhofstadt took to Twitter to remind the UK it should instead focus on citizen rights and the Brexit divorce bill as a priority in its exit proceedings.

He tweeted: “To be in & out of the Customs Union & ‘invisible borders’ is a fantasy. First need to secure citizens rights & a financial settlement.”

Responding to the paper released by the UK Government, Mr Daley tweeted: “A smugglers charter on this island being proposed by the brexiteers. ‘Cake & Eat it’ policy moves to ‘Pie in the Sky’.

 

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