Wednesday 21 February 2018

Former EU customs chief predicts the use of 'two-lane' Border control

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he does not see a return of a hard border. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he does not see a return of a hard border. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Rory Tevlin

Customs controls at the Border with Northern Ireland will return when Britain leaves the EU, a former head of the European Commission's customs procedures has claimed.

Michael Lux said "red and green lanes" could be established as a form of customs control, which would distinguish between vehicles to be stopped occasionally and more frequently.

"So there would be two lanes for vehicles; a green one where you are only occasionally stopped and a red lane if you carry goods above the threshold," Mr Lux told the BBC's 'Inside Business' programme. "Such a system can be established between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland."

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he does not see a return of a hard border.

Read more: If the border goes up, there's always a way around it - like the old days

"In principle, there will be Irish and UK customs officials on either side of the Border," Mr Lux said. "But they could agree to create only one stop and officials from both sides deal with the matter or one country allows the other to act on their behalf."

Irish Independent

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