Post by firstname.lastname@example.org Post by Ian Jackson
Indeed. They only now seem to be realising the insoluble problem of the
What's insoluble about it?
There is no problem that is insoluble given there requisite goodwill.
Recognise that and and you will begin to appreciate the real problem
that there is no good will existing at present between the EU and UK.
In fact the solution is already in operation. Not all goods that cross
the NI border from South to North are tariff free. Exceptions include
alcoholic beverages, tobacco and motor fuel. All countries in the EU
have the right to set their own internal duties for these items in
particular. These goods re dearer in NI then in the Republic for that
Clearly there is scope here for cross border smuggling so how do HMR&C collect these dues?
Easily. They use a trusted carrier system.
You really don't have a clue about goods transport.
An awful lot of goods are not carried by 'trusted carriers' (or any sort
of carrier). When William Fitzpatrick wants to deliver his hand-crafted
Londonderry widgets to his cousin, Patrick Fitzwilliam, who lives in
Donegal (a mile across the River Foyle on the 'Derry' side), he isn't
going to use a carrier. He's going to sling them in the back of his van,
and take them himself. When he gets there and drops them off, he'll have
a cup of tea, then head back home.
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There is no stopping and checking of trucks that transport Guinness to
NI from the brewery in Dublin The distrbution in NI. Instead hauliers
notify HMRC electronically as to the quantity of Guiness on a
particular truck. If HMR&C consider any check necessary (rarely) then
they will arrange for it to be undertaken at the destination. Similarly
small hauliers must register their loads an pay any duties in advance.
Anyone found in NI with a car boot or van full of undeclared cigarettes
is in trouble.
One of the perks of living close to the border is that one can choose
which side of the border you fill your car or van with fuel. Such perks
are small beer and so can be tolerated. However, don't be caught with a
trailer tank full of undeclared fuel. It will cost you dear if you do.
Could anything be simpler? Why can't such schemes be extended to
include the wider range of goods? Answer nothing! Provided the good
will is there. But t isn't. The EU is determined that we shall be
punished. If we must be punished then we must endure our punishment
whilst at the same time looking for means of retaliation. Never lose
sight of the fact that more empty trucks/containers travel from the UK
into the EU than travel in the opposite direction. There is much scope
There would seem to be no recognisence of the fact that it is for the
UK and the UK alone that is to decide show to collect revenues due to
ts own government. If the UK authorities choose method similar to those
I outline here then that is no business of the EU. If they choose to
rely on more cumbersome methods of collecting their revenues then that
is their preogative but such installations will be on their side of the
border. In will then be Irish Customs officers who disrupt movement
across the EU/UK border.
Nothing to do with us Paddy!
Please get real. It won't be up to the RoI customs. While goods (and
people) might be allowed to cross without any checks from the RoI to NI,
"to be sure to be sure" the RoI will have to impose any checks required
by the EU.