The seemingly blasé or relaxed attitude of some mainstream politicians and commentators in the United Kingdom towards the possible failure of Brexit negotiations with the European Union is almost inexplicable when one considers the extraordinary customs arrangements likely to follow on from any irreconcilable break between the two trading partners. It’s not just the former militarised frontier around Britain’s disputed outpost in the north-east of Ireland that would see dramatic changes.
From Bloomberg News:
Belgium is preparing for the potential collapse of Brexit negotiations by bolstering its customs force with drones, submarine scanners and dozens of new officers.
As fears grow across the European Union of a “no deal” Brexit that would see the U.K. crashing out of the bloc without any transition period, Belgium aims to have its new regime in place by the end of March. Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, with or without a divorce agreement.
The Belgian federal government is investing in drones for surveillance of its coastline and the North Sea, scanners to operate underwater and additional dogs for the detection of drugs and cash…
No doubt the British will convince themselves that this is more public posturing and bluffing by their former Continental allies, which can be safely ignored by closing their eyes, putting their fingers in their ears and whistling the Dad’s Army theme tune to drown out all other thoughts.