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Clecat welcomes Irish plan

[ July 23, 2019   //   ]

European forwarders organisation CLECAT has welcomed the UK’s Alternative Arrangements Commission (AAC) Report published on 18 July. The independent Commission, consisting of approximately 50 UK Members of Parliament, supported by a panel of customs and trade experts, has sought to develop credible and practical alternative arrangements ensuring there is no hard border in Ireland when the UK leaves the EU.

Dominique Willems, CLECAT’s senior manager and member of the UK Government’s Alternative Arrangements Advisory Group, said it provided an overview for political decision makers of possible solutions to the Irish border question, which are based on exiting EU legislation, border procedures and technology, while respecting the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. We can only wholeheartedly support this work.’

He continued: “There is no silver bullet to resolve the Irish border issue. However, the Report does demonstrate that with realistic and pragmatic solutions, the Irish Backstop will never have to be triggered. It will take substantial efforts to implement these solutions with the support of all stakeholders involved.  The only other option is a no-deal Brexit, which will be way more costly to businesses and damaging to both the UK and Irish economies.”