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Post-Brexit tariffs 'will serve to incentivise criminality'

Fianna Fáil’s Stephen Donnelly says anti-smuggling measures would be impossible to enforce over a 500km border

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

20th August, 2017
Fianna Fáil's Stephen Donnelly

The British government has been warned that its plans to allow non-EU goods into the North at lower tariffs will provide a huge incentive for cross-border smugglers.

It is pledging to avoid any physical border posts but still wants the right to negotiate free trade deals with non-EU countries such as Brazil, China and the US.

This would potentially allow goods from such countries to be imported into the North tariff free.

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