Another lie the Brexiteers sold Britain

PUBLISHED: 00:00 17 March 2018

The Port of Dover in Kent

The Port of Dover in Kent

PA Archive/PA Images

Brexiteers said we would “get back control of our borders” after leaving the EU – but it appears that might not quite be the case.

Become a Supporter

Almost four years after its creation The New European goes from strength to strength across print and online, offering a pro-European perspective on Brexit and reporting on the political response to the coronavirus outbreak, climate change and international politics. But we can only continue to grow with your support.

It now seems that Whitehall is floating the idea of not imposing border checks after Brexit if there is no agreement about customs arrangements.

This would solve the problem of tailbacks at crossings and the thorny issue of the Irish border of course – but it is hardly what the Leavers were telling us would occur in their Brexit Utopia.

Remainer campaigner MP Chuka Umunna said: “It is extraordinary that a government that says it aims to ‘take back control’ has admitted it is not even going to try to control the transfer of goods across our borders.

“This is another broken promise from the referendum, but it is the most serious yet.

“If it becomes a ‘third country’ outside the EU’s customs union, the UK will almost certainly be under legal obligations to mount customs checks at its border.”

What a mess.

Become a Supporter

Almost four years after its creation The New European goes from strength to strength across print and online, offering a pro-European perspective on Brexit and reporting on the political response to the coronavirus outbreak, climate change and international politics. But we can only rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press with your support. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.

Become a supporter

You've seen the news, now discover the story

The New European is committed to providing in-depth analysis of the Brexit process, its implications and progress as well as celebrating European life.

Try 13 weeks for £20

Latest Articles

Most Read

latest issue

ANTI-BREXIT EVENTS

Find your nearest pro-European campaigning activities, talks, protests and events nationwide.