Commercial traffic will be most affected by Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, a leading customs expert has warned.
The return of a customs border in Ireland will see lorries being charged between €20 and €80 per crossing, and subject to inspection which will inevitably lead to delays at border posts.
Since the Single European Act came into force on 1 January 1993, goods have – for the most part – been able to move freely throughout the European Union, including across the island of Ireland.
However, the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU, which will take effect from April 2019, will lead to the reintroduction of a customs border in Ireland.
That’s according to Michael Lux, the former head of the European Commission’s customs unit, who gave evidence to the British House of Commons committee on Northern Ireland Affairs last week.
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