Revenue hope for open border plan to allow traffic to flow across the border post Brexit

Revenue hope for open border plan to allow traffic to flow across the border post Brexit

The possibility of an open border plan which would allow traffic to flow across the border when Brexit kicks in is looking more likely.

Customs posts along the border are unlikely to return

Customs posts along the border are unlikely to return

That’s according to a report in today’s Irish Independent which says that Revenue officials have been visiting various border crossings around Europe to investigate how a customs system will be implemented when Britain leaves the European Union.

In the wake of last year’s Brexit vote there were fears that customs checkpoints could be set to return to the border with Northern Ireland, something which would affect people living in Dundalk and its surrounding areas in particular.

However, Revenue are determined to ensure that the border with Northern Ireland remains as open as possible and European customs officials are said to be open to plans to continue the free-flow of traffic across the border, even in the event of a ‘hard’ Brexit.

Random, mobile checks would have to be carried out, but Revenue does not expect the need for a big increase in enforcement staff patrolling the Border. Nor does it expect fixed customs checkpoints.

According to the Independent, cameras and electronics would form part of the policing system with ideas picked up from visits to the Swiss/Austrian and Swedish/Norwegian borders.

The report says that businesses would need to make customs declarations before their vehicles approach the border but this would certainly be a more welcome operation than the return of customs checkpoints, which had been feared, with Revenue hoping to establish a register of business to simplify the procedure for firms.

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The story in today's Irish Independent

The story in today’s Irish Independent

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