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

Last Updated: May 17, 2022By Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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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One Comment

  1. mohandeer May 17, 2022 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    How on earth did someone like Truss ever get a job in parliament? This is something that the Brexiteers did not think of, or possibly just didn’t care about. The Tories want a black market because they know people without means will be going short on so many things and this kind of trading practice will fill the niche. Johnson can hardly admit that losing membership of the European Trade Bloc would cost Britain dearly(it already has). We are going to find out that a lone “Great” Britain has few if any friends and those we do have, numb nuts like Bungling Boris, Patel, Javid, Mogg and Truss to name just a few, will manage to screw us over royally by pissing them off. When are we going to be told about our fearless idiot leaders “great” trading deals they have secured? We know that Boris thought by sanctioning Gazprom Bank he would get a warmer reception from Biden only to finally realise that the US does not “do” bi-lateral trade deals and that Britain has nothing it wants or needs except a massive share in industries and the NHS etc which aren’t already owned by other countries. So that is what it will take to get any trade deals in what is likely to be a bleak future.
    Thanks for your articles.

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