Open border between the Republic and Northern Ireland will be impossible after Brexit, report warns
An open border between the Republic and the North will be impossible after Brexit, a new report warns.
Britain leaving the EU will create an administrative nightmare at Irish ports and airports, according to the Revenue Commissioners.
The unpublished document from Irelandâs tax and customs body spells out the huge increase in paperwork, staff and office and warehouse space needed if the UK exits the EU customs union.
It says a completely open border is not possible from a customs perspective, and it would be ânaiveâ to believe a unique arrangement can be found.
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The report adds: âOnce negotiations are completed the UK will become a third country for customs purposes and the associated formalities will become unavoidable.
âWhile this w ill affect all member states, the effect will be more profound on Ireland as the only EU country to have a land border with the UK.â
The Revenue report â" seen by RTE News â" said Irish firms trading with the UK will see customs declarations increasing by 800%, special permits, extra investment and potential delays.
In 2015, â¬17.8billion goods were imported from the UK. The report says: âAs all of these goods will be subject to the Customs Import Procedure in the post-Brexit era, the administrative and fiscal burden on the traders involved cannot be underestimated.â
Brexit could also create a major headache for air passengers and the aviation sector. It adds: âThis would mean that the number of passengers arriving from the UK and potentially in possession of prohibited goods or with goods in excess of duty free allowances may exceed our existing customs control capacity.
âExisting physical infrastructure and traffic streaming are likely to be stretched, if not overwhelmed.â The report also explores a number of hi-tech border solutions, including number plate recognition.
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Labour has called for the immediate publication of the report.
Leader Brendan Howlin said: âThe goal of Irish policy now should be to persuade the UK Government to keep the UK within the single market and the customs union.â
A spokesperson for the Department of Finance said the report was an internal working paper prepared immediately after the Brexit vote.Source: Google News