HARD BORDER LOOMS IN NO-DEAL SCENARIO

17 January 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

AS BRITISH PARLIAMENT IN CHAOS OVER BREXIT

Michael Fisher

Businesses in County Monaghan have been urged to start making contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit and the likelihood of a hard border for moving goods after March 29th. The possibility of a return to customs posts in Monaghan, Dundalk and other border towns was raised by a former Irish customs official at a breakfast seminar in Carrickmacross yesterday organised by financial services consultants Grant Thornton. (see separate report on page 7).

Michael McGill said it now seemed the UK will leave the EU, both the single market and the customs union. This would mean that goods coming from the UK would be treated the same as those from a country outside the EU. There would be import and export controls, covered by European Community law and there might be a necessity for the return of customs stations like the ones that used to exist in border areas, as the land border with the north would become…

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