Brexit: the little picture

Source: --- Tuesday, June 19, 2018
In a dank corner of internet, where some rather unpleasant people reside, we have Euro Guido spinning a presentation from Getlink (formerly Eurotunnel), having the company declare: "Don't buy border scaremongering". This is on the basis of a slide, addressed to shareholders on the prospects of the company, which presents a "before and after" scenario for Brexit. On the one hand, there is the "UK position on the border" which sought "a comprehensive free trade agreement and a new customs agreement which allows for trade which is as frictionless as possible". On the other, there was the "likely outcome", anticipated as "an agreement with a time-limited transition period for implementation of customs and animal and plant health controls". In addition, the company asserts: "Technology will speed up border processing". Thus, we see a position where this blog has been warning that, with Brexit, there will be SPS and customs checks on the borders – something which Getlink now concedes. That technology will speed them up is neither here or there. The fact is that there will be intrusive checks where, previously, there were none – with all the consequences that that will bring. Amazingly then, this is projected as a statement that somehow " counters a rash of stories placed by remainers raising artificial fears about the border" – notwithstanding that this blog has been most prominent in warning of the problems. Guido , like so many othe ...

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