Re: Not optimistic
"So if you allow the EU the special access across the Northern Irish border without a deal in place with the EU then everyone else is entitled to the same thing. I've lost track of how many times I and others have written this and still the message doesn't sink in."
We don't have to give the EU special access across the northern Irish border. We can say that they are required to pay customs and then just not put any customs posts there, that way we are compliant with WTO rules and there is no hard border.
WTO rules don't require you to enforce your borders, many countries can't afford to lock down their entire border, even the US doesn't secure the entirety of it's borders. Do you really think that countries like Brazil have their entire border secured and that nobody can get goods into the country without paying customs?