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Old 13.06.2016, 23:17
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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The NI Secretary has not got the foggiest idea what she is talking about! Go read Article 50 of the treaty and follow that with Protocol 20 and note that Protocol 20 expires with the invocation of Article 50. The NI border will be come the UK's only land border with the EU and as such will have to be controlled like any other EU border.
I just read P20 and this was my impression:

- P20 is the exemption granted to UK and IE regarding A26 TFEU (internal borders) on the removal of internal borders to allow for the creation of a single market
- So after the UK leaves, P20 is ostensibly redundant as there is no internal border to exempt
- However, in a quirk of implementation, P20 is not phrased as an exemption from A26, but rather an entitlement of the UK and IE to control their borders
- Now such an exemption for the UK post-brexit is irrelevant since it would no longer bound to EU rules anyway
- However, since IE is not leaving the EU, the protocol would still apply to IE. Importantly, this means that under Article 2 of the protocol, UK and IE could continue to maintain the existing arrangements between them

Conclusion: no change.
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