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Can “alternative arrangements” replace the Irish border backstop? - by Alex Stojanovic 17 July 2019

This article was published by the The Institute for Government shortly after publication of the interim report of the "Alternative Arrangements Commission" and begins with these words:

The Department for Exiting the EU has announced advisory groups to look at possible options, but Prosperity UK, whose independent commission is chaired by Conservative MPs Nicky Morgan and Greg Hands, has already put forward its proposals. It didn’t take long, however, for bodies such as Manufacturing Northern Ireland to criticise both the cost and feasibility of these “alternative arrangements”.

With traders facing new obligations on customs, VAT and regulations after Brexit, Prosperity UK suggests shifting some of the burden on to customs brokers and moving inspections away from the border region.

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The above article makes this important comment:

A letter from Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker to Theresa May, written in January 2019, assured her that “facilitative arrangements and technologies will be considered” and that a customs union would not be required to replace the backstop “provided that the underlying objectives continue to be met.”

Here is a copy of that letter:

Letter from Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude
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For the full 104 page report of the Alternative Arrangements Commission, please click here:

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Finally, here is a report published by the EU in November 2017 of a study entitled:

"Avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland for Customs control and the free movement of persons"

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