Here’s a very useful article explaining the facts of life regarding free trade areas, taxation of foreign goods and border controls.

It seems clear that, by leaving the EU, the UK is forcing the re-creation of a ‘hard’ border with the Irish Republic.

This has implications for the Northern Ireland Peace Process and it seems clear that this will have to be renegotiated.

Considering the fact that we currently have a hugely right-wing and ignorant Conservative government, such talks seem doomed.

There have been some suggestions in Ireland, since the Brexit vote of June 23rd, to the effect that Ireland and the UK ought to be allowed to cut a special deal to avoid the need for a customs Border within Ireland.

These interventions often seem to be ignorant of the basics of trade policy.

Checks are inevitable once the North joins the rest of Britain outside EU customs union.

Source: No special deal possible to stop the return of Border controls

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