UK negotiators have been warned that the EU draft withdrawal agreement will stipulate that Northern Ireland will, in effect, remain in the customs union and single market after Brexit to avoid a hard border.
The uncompromising legal language of the draft agreement is likely to provoke a major row, something all parties to the negotiations have been trying to avoid.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is still, just, a sovereign nation.
In which case bugger off mateys.
The correct answer here is, as I’ve been saying, to lie.
“And sure enough, this is a border, can’t you see it? We’ve road signs and all saying it’s the border.”
And then carry on much as we do right now. Anything less than an artic going through is just local people doing local things*. Larger cargos get “randomly” checked. And we’re done.
*Adjust according to local intelligence.