Smart or not?
Compare the present Irish border with what is outlined in the the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee’s Smart Border 2.0 report and its clear that a future border arrangement, with or without a political agreement, will be anything but frictionless.
Commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the AFCO Committee, it also provides background on cross-border movement and trade between Northern Ireland and Ireland.
Technically it provides a full analysis of options and is well worth reading. Politically it’s provoked reactions. It’s won support from the DUP and has been described by Therese May in the Commons as giving “…. some very good proposals for solutions.” While former NI Secretary Peter Hain says: “these ideas are more than just stupid, they are dangerous” and given the idea contained in the report of pre-registration for travellers could lead to “civil unrest”