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United Kingdom proposes to lift customs 5 kilometers from the border to avoid a “hard” border in Ireland

October 1, 2019


The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has presented to Brussels a battery of proposals to solve the problem of the border of Ireland that provide for example to lift customs a few kilometers from the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland to avoid a border “hard”, the main obstacle to closing a formal agreement for the United Kingdom's exit from the EU on October 31.

This proposal, to which Irish public television, RTE, has had access, involves the formal implementation of customs on both sides of the border, although at a certain distance from the physical border, to achieve Northern Ireland as part of the Kingdom United does not have to comply with community regulations. Specifically, there would be about ten control points located on each side of the border, 20 in total.

Those who want to cross the border with merchandise may voluntarily declare their cargo at these crossing points or resort to a “transit system” by which they can register as “sender” and the company or destination person as “recipient” declaring routes and quantities of merchandise.

In addition there would be certificates of Authorized Economic Operator for large companies that would directly declare the goods in transit without the need for any control. However, small and medium enterprises could not afford the cost of this certification.

Another proposal put forward by London includes that the goods can be tracked in real time by GPS using devices installed in the vehicles used to transport the goods.

These initiatives have been raised by London at a technical level to the team led by the European negotiator, Michel Barnier, who would not have shared this information with the member states, according to RTE.