Single market pledge would solve EU border crisis, alleges Phil Hogan, European commissioner for agriculture
Ireland’s European commissioner has urged Theresa May to change her Brexit plans dramatically to avoid a mount crisis over the Irish border from thwarting her the expectations of an EU trade deal.
The threat of a hard Irish metehas emerged as the major obstacle to the prime minister’s aim of securing the green light for Brexit trade talks at a crucial conference merely weeks away. She has effectively been sided just days to give stronger assures over the issue.
Phil Hogan, the EU’s agriculture commissioner, told the Observer that it was a” very simple detail” that remaining inside the single market and customs union, or allowing Northern Ireland to do so, would point the standoff.
Hogan alerted there was ” daze faith” from some UK administrators that Britain would lock a comprehensive Brexit free trade deal. He warned that Ireland would” continue to play tough to the end” over its menace to veto trade talks until it had secures over the border.
” If the UK or Northern Ireland remained in the EU customs union, or better still the single sell, there would be no boundary issue ,” he responded.” That’s a very simple fact. I continue to be amazed at the blind religion 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 detail is simply not understood in the UK. Most real costs to cross-border business today are not tariffs- they are about touchstones, about customs procedures, about red tape. These are solved by the single marketplace, but not in an FTA .”
The Irish government requires a written guarantee that there will be no hard perimeter with Northern Ireland, something Dublin imagines can only be achieved, in fact, by hindering the region within the single market and customs union. Nonetheless, the Democratic Unionist party, whose subsidize is propping up May’s government, informed on Saturday it would never admitted a post-Brexit batch that would effectively verify a usages mete 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, cautioned May’s Brexit strategy was ” an accident waiting to happen “. Speaking after a addres at Hertford College, Oxford, he remarked to finish the Brexit process was ” assured” to take a decade. He said that the prime minister’s unrealistic hopes of securing a bespoke craft cope represent a car gate-crash in the next few months was ” very likely “.