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    1. Let me spell this out. The EU polices its outer frontier. On Brexit, NI border becomes part of that frontier. We become a third country

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    2. We do not want a hard border. That means we request that the EU does not police its frontier.

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    3. This is instigated by leaving the EU - this is at our request. It is we who do this to ourselves - moving outside the frontier.

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    4. So we have to devise a model for NI governance that allows the EU to refrain from policing its border.

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    5. If we choose to diverge from existing regulatory regime and allow imports at differing standards then EU border is compromised.

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    6. EU cannot make exceptions to its third country controls - they are uniform throughout, so it must police the border.

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    7. So if the border is to stay unpoliced we need to agree to match regulatory regimes and have a means of controlled consultative divergence

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    8. So we have to propose those systems. We have to propose something the EU can agree to so it does not have to enforce borders.

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    9. Its not as simple as just leaving and agreeing not to have a border. The single market is a defensive system.

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    10. If we are choosing to be outside of that system without agreement, therefore threatening its integrity, then border must be controlled.

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    11. So if we don't want that we have to spell out how *our* outer controls and trade deals do not threaten theirs.

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    12. This must be agreed in advance and as the petitioner the onus is on us. We have to conform to EU stipulations & they cannot bend to UK.

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    13. It is petulant to suggest that we be able to do exactly as we please and it being EU's decision to enforce its border.

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    14. EU cannot be expected to re-engineer its third country controls for the sole benefit of UK or turn a blind eye to UK divergence.

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    15. If we choose not to have a consultative system, then a border is a consequence of *our* choices.

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    16. This is what constrains us post-Brexit. That nebulous absolute sovereignty was never achievable. Exists nowhere in the modern world

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    17. This is one of the trade offs we always had to examine and every decision has ramifications on the next.

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    18. Complaining that the EU will police its borders if we choose the path of unilateralism is playing the victim.

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    19. This is what we now call a "Liliconian Inversion" - the belief that the world revolves around us and the EU has to bend to our whims.

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    20. When the thinking is that warped there is no possibility of explaining this reality to them, so really fuck this, I'm off to the seaside

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    21. If this thread isn't clear enough, just forget responding. You are never going to get it.

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