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Boris Johnson’s ‘Brexit border proposal’ rejected by Ireland

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Boris Johnson’s plans to resolve the Irish backstop challenge include customs clearance which focuses on the two sides of the border and GPS time tracking devices on trucks, according to reports. Ireland’s foreign minister immediately rejected the plan as a “non-starter,” the Reuters reported.

As per the Guardian, the idea, which signals a departure from his vow not to put infrastructure on the borders, is a part of the four unofficial papers submitted to Brussels by Boris Johnson’s government.

The RTÉ broadcasters, which have had firmly kept an eye on the proposals, revealed that custom clearance sites would be sited five to 10 miles from the border toward the north and the south to manage the trade. The Guardian reported.

The RTÉ journalist Tony Connelly revealed that the subtleties originated from specialized papers, or supposed “non-papers,” from which he had seen the extracts, which were dispatched from London to Brussels.

The Irish and British governments and the EU all state that they need to maintain a strategic distance from border checks and the physical infrastructure on the border as that could re-trigger pressures over Northern Ireland’s political situation.

However, moving any checks from the border has for some time been dismissed by Dublin and Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney who immediately rejected the announced proposal.

The challenge is how to evade physical checks on the border after Brexit, and also keep up the integrity of the European single market.

A proposed withdrawal agreement consulted by the EU and the former British Prime Minister Theresa May, which was dismissed by the British parliament, contained a component called a “backstop.” It would come in effect only if there were a failure in conceding a long term trade accord to keep the border open.

Boris Johnson states that the backstop is unsatisfactory and ought to be rejected. So far the EU administration in Brussels and the government in Dublin have said their position had not altered. They have requested Britain to think of alternatives to the backstop. They have complained that Britain had shown no workable solution yet.

Johnson has promised to lead Britain out of the EU by Oct. 31, with or without a deal. However, it isn’t clear how he intends to do that, as the British parliament has passed a law expecting him to look for an extension to the D-day if no deal is concurred with the EU by Oct. 19. The Reuters reported.

Article Credit:- The Guardian/ The Reuters

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