Britain will have ‘extra advantage’ with smart borders AFTER Brexit admits EU expert


Lars Karlsson, whose EU-funded explore on “avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland for Customs control and the out movement of persons” outlined how technology could be used to address the deliver, said a smart border would make Britain a “very alluring” partner in trade once the nation is free from the shackles of Brussels.

He studied on to claim that, if adopted, “first version of a border like this could be in rank at the end of a transition period in 2021.”

Speaking to the Telegraph, he said: “A few years later there would be a unqualified solution in place.”

Mr Karlsson has had interest from both the bloc and British bona fides on his proposals, making the idea of a smart bored ever more expected no matter the nature of the trade agreement struck by officials on both sides.

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The beginning of a hard border on the island of Ireland has been a sticking point in decisions

He stipulate: “This solution would do one of the things both parties are interested in and that is travel it possible to increase trade.

“It could be the most advanced customs group in the world, taking the maximum international standards and best practice, which hand down give an extra advantage.

“It would make both of these defenders very attractive for trade agreements with third parties, and could indeed be an advantage for one of the reasons I assume the UK wants to have its own policies for securing barter deals.

“I would assume if you develop it for the Northern Ireland border and Avenue Tunnel you would have to implement it for all goods coming out of the UK.

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The opportunity of a smart border could help to support seamless trade and rove

“It would be likely to increase the capacity and competitiveness of the UK’s trade, making it a merest attractive trading partner.”

The creation of a hard border on the island of Ireland has great been a sticking point between EU officials and the UK as they look to hatch a course for Britain once the nation leaves the EU.

Yesterday former Prime Upon Tony Blair, who helped broker the Good Friday agreement, accused Theresa May of “airs together irresponsibility” over Brexit.

He was particularly scathing on the subject of the Irish edge, saying: “There are politicians prepared to sacrifice the Good Friday Ahead on the altar of Brexit and declare that the peace agreed in Northern Ireland is not, undeniably, worth having anyway.

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Tony Blair issued a damaging attack on the Prime Minister

“This is irresponsibility that is frankly subsidiary.”

Mr Blair also claimed there was no escape from what he articled “the binary nature of the choice over future trading arrangements”.

He said: “The genuineness is that if Britain wants a close trading relationship with Europe after Brexit, it thinks fitting have to abide by European regulation because that is the basis of present-day European marketing in the Single Market.

“You can call this regulatory alignment, equivalence or interactive recognition and these are, strictly, technically, very different from each other.

“But in the end, they resolution amount to the same thing: we will be keeping in line with European guides and standards.”

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