aggi wrote:Well, Remainers plus every other country in the world with borders.
No one is suggesting your straw man position that the only type of valid checks are physical checks at the border. What they are suggesting is that there isn't a system in place anywhere that allows you to do away with checks at borders.
Maybe the UK is going to pioneer an entirely new type of border controls but personally I'm not convinced. Nothing in this current **** show has shown me we currently have that capability.
We could of course just leave the border open as you suggest but, if that's the plan, why are we bothering with all of this.
You are of course correct that last time Ireland and the UK were not part of the same free trade agreement, we had border posts. Where I would disagree is that this means we must have border posts now. After all, in 1973 there was very little use of computers, no use at all of email, electronic filing, barcode scanning, or other helpful systems to smooth the wheels. And just because at one time none of those things had been used, it doesn't mean that none of them ever could be used.
Obviously Sweden and Norway are now part of the same economic area (though not customs union) and they manage without border posts. But how did they manage before 1994? We could take tips from them.https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-eur ... k-ireland/
I have frequently said that smuggling is better policed by border posts. But there are three options here, and we can only have two of them.
1. Brexit, as per referendum result.
2. Good Friday Agreement.
3. Money saved by cutting down on smuggling.
Which of the three can be most easily sacrificed? Surely it's the smuggling money.