Troops could return to the Irish border.

#5

If they're not planning to man the border with Irish personnel, then whom?
EU army, obvious first job to get the show on the road, no actual enemy, no real shooting, so even the French will be able to claim a win. Actually if they catch even one smuggler, and there will be a few, I'd be surprised, but it will help towards ever closer union. [sarcasm mode off]
 
#6
The Germans might volunteer to do the job. Saves them building loads of barges and gets them to the doorstep of the UK with their feet dry.
 
#10
Irish government very aware of Irish history, but seem to have forgotten (or ignored) the recent bailout by British taxpayers to the tune of £14bn between 2009 and 2011. Merely following the example of their EU masters, Germany, who have completely airbrushed the London Debt Accord of 1953 which halved Germany's debt, allowing the modern reconstruction of German industries. (Britain repaid US War Loan in full in 2006).
 
#12
Irish government very aware of Irish history, but seem to have forgotten (or ignored) the recent bailout by British taxpayers to the tune of £14bn between 2009 and 2011. Merely following the example of their EU masters, Germany, who have completely airbrushed the London Debt Accord of 1953 which halved Germany's debt, allowing the modern reconstruction of German industries. (Britain repaid US War Loan in full in 2006).
In the interests of balance, the loan to Ireland was given in part to look after one of the UK's exporting markets, iirc it is around the 6 or 7 % mark, so well worth looking after.
 
#14
In the interests of balance, the loan to Ireland was given in part to look after one of the UK's exporting markets, iirc it is around the 6 or 7 % mark, so well worth looking after.
But also: "The UK remains the Republic’s largest export market, with 34 per cent of products heading there." Irish Times 26.01.2019. Well worth looking after - even more.
 
#15
No border between Croatia (an EU member) and the other former, and non-EU member states that once made up Yugoslavia.
 
#16
No border between Croatia (an EU member) and the other former, and non-EU member states that once made up Yugoslavia.
I think most of the other Balkan states are on the list to become Member States so may be in the eyes of Brussels the lack of border controls is an acceptable risk for a fixed term ?
 
#18

If they're not planning to man the border with Irish personnel, then whom?
Boxheads and French. They always wanted to invade and nows their chance. Its a conspiracy dating back to the Napoleonic Wars and ran through the 20th century with the Boxheads. They've finally realised they cant beat us on their own, so they have clubbed together in the new European Army
 
#19
I think most of the other Balkan states are on the list to become Member States so may be in the eyes of Brussels the lack of border controls is an acceptable risk for a fixed term ?
It was allowed for countries such as Romania during the accession process.
For those of us working on the anti-illicit trade side of things (I was only involved with products in the 'evidence-up-in-flames' and 'evidence-down-the-throat' sectors) we forecast a nightmare and massive increases in the quantity of snide goods reaching western European markets.
And so it proved.
We also noticed growth in the involvement of Far Eastern types moving their production of counterfeit into the states awaiting full accession. For them it was a no-brainer. Why pay to transport duff goods from the Far East to W. Europe - including bribes, running to approx $10k per CTU, for (inter alia) changes of documentation , seal replacements and Customs blind eyes/wave-through arms - when you could set up a cheap production facility in eastern Europe, whack the stuff into a truck and send it in to the setting sun, to the most profitable markets, with no customs' checks en route.
 

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