This is the Customs station at Svinesund, the main border crossing between 🇳🇴 and 🇸🇪 . It can handle up to 2,500 trucks/day - one truck every 4 min. 10,000 trucks go through Dover every day. Do the maths. It’s not possible. 🇳🇴 is in #SingleMarket but not in #CustomsUnion
But this should also give remainers some hope. I don’t think it will be possible for UK to leave both #CustomsUnion union and #SingleMarket - UK is not in #Schengen - Norway is in both Schengen and SM which makes trade easier, even if there’s a hard border between 🇸🇪and 🇳🇴
Then there’s the Irish Border of course. Again not possible to have a soft border between NI and ROI if UK leaves Single market and Customs Union. Even an EEA, Norway, solution would require a hard border here. Brexit is stupid!
Norway is in Schengen and Single Market but not in Customs Union. Trucks take and average of 4 mins to cross the border from Sweden.
Turkey is in CU, but not in SM and Schengen.
Result: Border gridlock. Will this be Dover post Brexit?…
If UK leave SM and CU, and already is not in Schengen, not only goods would have to clear customs, like in Norway, but also the truck and the driver.
Brexit is insane!
Comparing Dover and Svinesund I can’t see how Dover could handle even an EEA style Brexit. 10,000 trucks, 4 minutes per truck + passport check for driver. Nah!
My conclusion? UK will be forced to stay in SM and CU, not only because of the Irish border.
It will be #Brexit in name only, and UK will loose its veto and become a rule taker.
Brexit is stupid!
Great video from FT about the potential customs gridlock at Dover after Brexit. Big thanks to @Bournemouth4EU for the link!
Vote Leave chair @GiselaStuart lectured by @IanDunt on the Irish border: “It is impossible to leave a customs union and expect there to be no border checks” - using Norway-Sweden border as an example
But we can have an open, invisible, frictionless border between RoI and NI if we use modern technology!
Yeah. Right!…
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