Single market pledge would solve EU border crisis, says Phil Hogan, European commissioner for agriculture
Ireland’s European commissioner has urged Theresa May to change her Brexit contrives dramatically to foreclose a mounting crisis over the Irish frontier from thwarting her the expectations of an EU trade deal.
The threat of a hard Irish perimeterhas emerged as the major obstacle to the prime minister’s purport of securing the green light for Brexit trade talks at a crucial meridian merely weeks away. She has effectively been handed just days to give stronger ensures over the issue.
Phil Hogan, the EU’s agriculture commissioner, told the Observer that it was a” quite simple point” that remaining inside the single market and customs union, or earmarking Northern Ireland to do so, would cease the standoff.
Hogan told there are still ” dazzle faith” from some UK executives that Britain would fasten a comprehensive Brexit free trade deal. He warned that Ireland would” continue to play tough to the end” over its threat to veto trade talks until it had guaranties over the border.
” If the UK or Northern Ireland remained in the EU customs union, or better still the single marketplace, there would be no boundary issue ,” he said.” That’s a quite simple knowledge. I continue to be amazed at blind people sect that some in London place in theoretical future free trade agreements. First, the best possible FTA with the EU will fall far short of the benefits of being in the single sell. This knowledge is simply not understood in the UK. Most real costs to cross-border business today are not tariffs- “theyre about” criteria, about customs procedures, about red tape. These are solved by the single market, but not in an FTA .”
The Irish authority craves a written guarantee that there will be no hard borderline with Northern Ireland, something Dublin feels can only be achieved, in effect, by deterring the region within the single market and customs union. However, the Democratic Unionist party, whose corroborate is propping up May’s government, counselled on Saturday it would never countenanced a post-Brexit transaction that would effectively understand a custom-mades border pushed back to the Irish Sea. May has repeatedly made clear Britain will leave the single market and customs union.
The Irish crisis came as Britain’s former EU ambassador, Sir Ivan Rogers, forewarned May’s Brexit strategy was ” an accident waiting to happen “. Speaking after a communication at Hertford College, Oxford, he said to finish the Brexit process was ” secured” to take a decade. He said that the prime minister’s unrealistic hopes of securing a bespoke sell treat signify a automobile clang in the next few months was ” quite likely “.