When is a border not a border?

A no-deal Brexit will inevitably mean border controls on the island of Ireland, but in many cases these could be enforced by self-assessment and advance declarations

27th January, 2019
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A senior EU spokesman, Margaritis Schinas, claimed last week that a no-deal Brexit meant there would have to be a hard border on the island of Ireland. Why was anyone surprised?

A customs union is a political and commercial arrangement. If it is to work, the borders must be preserved in the same way that any individual country’s borders must be preserved, to secure the wellbeing of that country’s own citizens, culture, interests and government....

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