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Old 14.03.2019, 11:50
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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I was referring to the customs border. Ireland has warships?
Warships is just a collective term for all navy vessels, everything from a rowing boat to an aircraft carrier.

Ireland does not have a costguard service with boarding capabilities equivalent to the U.K., so all customs checks at sea are conducted by the Irish navy.

Today and everyday the Royal Navy, the Irish Navy and the U.K. Coast Guard conduct boarding parties and under water hull inspections under EU law to enforce Fishing and Customs regulations. Now from experience Id say about 40% of the time boarding parties will meet with some kind of aggression: anything from having fish hooks, stones and bricks dropped on you to firearms. Add a political element to this mix and it may turn very nasty.

On paper it seems like the logical option, but enforcing it might just set the whole NI thing off again.
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