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Trying to understand Gov’s logic behind NI “solution”. Here goes: we accept that goods form Ir otherwise subject to UK tariffs (~agri) will be shipped via NI tariff free. This is calculated into the system and is a backdoor into UK market for goods where tariffs apply /1
We acknowledge that other EU exporters (continental EU) might wish to trans-ship via I/NI. Some 3rd countries as well (e.g. agri goods already #customs cleared in the EU). But we're hoping this will be limited due to logistics (amount and capacity of transport lanes)? /2
We're removing checks unilaterally to put the EU in the position where when they want to protect the integrity of SM they will need to be the ones applying tariffs and checks to the politically charged NI border /3
Here is what I don't get. This doesn't solve anything, even from Gov’s point of view. Clearly states "impact on NI competitiveness" so they must see the consequences and anticipate EU applying 3rd country tariffs /4
So this is literally just a way to be able to say “look we have a #nodeal plan for NI and we managed to find a solution that doesn’t involve any checks or infrastructure”. Or does anyone else think otherwise? (WTO-compatibility issues aside) /end
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