‘Trussted trader’ plan for Northern Ireland is a smugglers’ charter

Liz Truss: she once warned that Brexit would seriously harm the UK. Did she know that she would be inflicting some of that harm?

Why doesn’t Boris Johnson’s government just legalise smuggling and have done with it?

Jacob Rees-Mogg has already abandoned checks on goods entering the UK from the EU, meaning anything may be imported from that bloc without anyone checking if we’re getting what we’re being told we’re getting.

Now, Liz Truss is telling us she wants to impose a new “Trusted Trader” “green lane” for goods coming into and leaving Northern Ireland, meaning that organisations bringing items across from mainland Britain will not have them checked, either.

That will establish a possible smuggling route from mainland Europe, not only into mainland Britain but also through it to Northern Ireland and the republic (because there are no checks on goods going between the Province and Eire).

Anything could go through unchecked – including people.

Oh – the plan to change the Northern Ireland Protocol unilaterally may also trigger a trade war with the European Union – the EU said it would “need to respond with all measures at its disposal” if the UK went ahead with the legislation.

And it may well upset nationalist leaders in Northern Ireland – including the party with the largest representation in Stormont, Sinn Fein – who had no objection to the Protocol as it is now.

Nice one, Liz! You should have stuck to cheese.

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