Britain to unveil proposals to solve post-Brexit cross-border disputes

22 August, 2017, 22:47 | Author: Laverne Higgins
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The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has said the possibility of a hard Brexit - which would mean the United Kingdom leaving the European Union with no ongoing trade deal and therefore defaulting to World Trade Organisation rules - would "not be a disaster", despite most businesses and politicians in Britain warning against it.

A paper published last Wednesday said avoiding check points or any other physical infrastructure on the Irish border is the United Kingdom government's number one priority when negotiating post-Brexit arrangements for its only land frontier with the EU. Slowly, amid louder and louder warnings from business, the dangers of too hard a Brexit have begun to dawn.

The U.K. government since initiated the official European Union withdrawal process in March this year, the on-course to complete the withdrawal process by March 30, 2019.

Mr Varadkar added that European Union heads of state would decide on October 27 whether sufficient progress had been made for the talks to move to the next stage.

The Times report on Saturday that Fox, one of the most ardent supporters of Brexit, has written to cabinet members suggesting that the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland shouldn't be given a veto on any future trade deals the government strikes after Brexit. The British government claims to remain an ardent believer of free trade and, in the European context, there are two possible ways to ensure this continues.

"This would ensure that goods and services can still flow freely giving companies the certainty they need to invest", he said.

She warned about the impact of calls for the United Kingdom to leave the European customs union adding that each time "another brick gets placed back in the border wall". Mr Varadkar dismissed the UK's position as unrealistic and repeated that he wants no border on the island of Ireland, ahead of a visit to the US-Canada frontier on Tuesday.

"The government has recognized that it can not drive the British economy off the cliff edge of Brexit", Hookham says in a statement.

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That would mean no passport controls or immigration checks.

These create frequent lengthy hold ups that the U.K would want to avoid, so any temporary U.K. -EU customs union aimed at preventing border checks would also have to include agriculture and cover transport.

Last week, Britain laid out its desire for a "temporary customs union" with the European Union after Brexit but EU officials dismissed the proposal as "fantasy". Why Europeans should accept this is not explained.

The increase was partly driven by a sudden rise in the number of Bulgarian and Romanian workers within the U.K. Over the past year their numbers have risen by more than a quarter to 337,000 as more workers have taken advantage of the countries' relatively recent access to the U.K. labor market.

The same "have your cake and eat it" approach applies to Britain's stance towards Ireland, its closest neighbour. But how is this to be done while keeping border controls remains unsaid, and the Irish government is tired.

Meanwhile, the Government's new chief trade negotiation adviser, Crawford Falconer, said the trade deals Britain could strike after Brexit would help boost global security. Fox has argued that the United Kingdom can walk away if no reasonable negotiation can be reached with Brussels.

In recent weeks ministers have wrangled over how far and fast to put their foot down on the Brexit pedal.


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