Why the Irish border is no barrier to a Brexit deal

Brexit Fightback Initiative - One-pager no.4 - Nine Brexit groups endorsing


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This whole thing is an EU fabrication to keep the UK prisoner, and to punish it

As part of our Brexit Fightback Initiative, Brexit Facts4EU.Org is pleased to announce that once again some great Brexit organisations have come together to endorse the fourth factsheet in the series.

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This one-pager summarises the question of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and how this whole issue has been blown up out of all proportion by the EU and by the Irish government.

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This has nothing to do with peace, and everything to do with EU politics

The EU and the Irish government have colluded over one issue and made it into a cause célèbre to keep the UK in the EU - or to punish the UK if it dares to leave.

Our Irish border summary

  • The Irish border is only mentioned once – in passing – in the Good Friday Agreement (GFA)
  • The GFA does not require membership of the EU, Customs Union, Single Market [NI court ruling]
  • HMRC, Irish Customs, and the EU Parliament’s expert report all saw no problem & no hard border
  • Brexit for Northern Ireland presents almost no risk to the EU or its Single Market
  • The N.I. exports over the border will account for only 0.2% of total EU imports
  • The EU and the Irish Government prevented UK and Irish Customs from agreeing a simple solution

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

Here is the evidence

The EU Parliament’s own commissioned expert told its Exiting the EU Committee:-

“There would not need to be any necessary infrastructure and not need to be either CCTV cameras or number plate readers.”

– Lars Karlsson, commissioned expert to the EU Parliament, Brexit Border/Customs Report, Mar 2018, former Director Of The World Customs Organization.

“Declarations would be electronic. Most transactions would be immediately approved and that would be the end of that.”

- Liam Irwin, then Irish Revenue Commissioner, evidence to the Dáil Committee, 16 May 2017

There is no quantifiable risk to the EU’s Single Market

Northern Ireland’s goods sales across the border are so small they will amount to a rounding error in the EU’s accounts, post-Brexit.

After Brexit, NI’s cross-border sales will account for just 0.23% of total imports into the EU. [Sources : Eurostat | HMRC | NISRA ]

0.23% is NOT any kind of threat to the integrity of the EU’s Single Market.

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How the EU and Irish government colluded in this deception

The EU and the Irish Government deliberately prevented a solution for three years

Irish Deputy, Committee of the Dáil: “Could Mr Cody clarify whether there is a legal impediment to negotiations between us [and the UK] so we can have discussions?” Mr Niall Cody (then head of Irish Customs): “Yes.”

Sir Jon Thompson, Head of HMRC, evidence to Exiting the European Union Committee, 29 Nov 2017 : “There are no formal conversations with either the French or the Irish. We cannot talk to Customs or taxation management organisations in either of those countries.”

UK Parliament Committee question to the EU’s commissioned customs expert, Lars Karlsson: “The proposal you’ve put here hasn’t actually been tested at any location anywhere in the world.”

Lars Karlsson: “No that’s not correct. It actually has.”

Peace in Northern Ireland is vital. Playing politics with that peace to punish the UK is a disgrace.

Endorsed by a NINE Brexit organisations with big reach

We are pleased to tell readers that we have received endorsements for this factsheet from eight other Brexit organisations, each acting independently. With us that makes nine

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These are: Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Alliance of British Entrepreneurs, Get Britain Out, Economists for Free Trade, Fishing for Leave, Global Britain, Veterans for Britain, Better Off Out (part of The Freedom Association), and Campaign for an Independent Britain . We recommend visiting their websites and following them on Twitter and Facebook, if you haven't already done so.

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Further action: This factsheet follows on from the first three in the ‘Brexit Fightback Initiative’. More factsheets are coming, with several of them nearing completion. In the meantime we hope that readers will do everything they can to promote them.

We would like to thank the following readers for their specific support of the Brexit Fightback Initiative :-

VIP Sponsors (£100 donation or more): Geoffrey Burwood, Barbara Jell, David Hurlbut, Jon from Wales, Patrick Ford, Michael Garland, Sydney Ashurst

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One-pagers like this take far more time to produce than they look. Perhaps this is why they are so rare. They ARE, however, very effective in getting the key messages to the public and to MPs.

Nine Brexit organisations have come together again to endorse this work. We hope readers feel the effort is worth it.

This is the fourth in the Brexit Fightback Initiative series and we desperately need to get the rest completed and endorsed. Other subjects will include the Single Market, Defence, Fishing, and several more fundamental areas where we have powerful arguments to make. Many will contain official facts and figures, and simple charts, to illustrate the points at a glance.

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[ Sources: NISRA | HMRC | The Dáil (Irish Parliament) | Eurostat | UK Parliament ] Brexit Facts4EU.Org, 09 October 2019

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