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Backstop Solution DOES Exist, Borders Expert Tells Nigel Farage
25 August 2019, 13:33 | Updated: 26 August 2019, 08:45
An expert on borders and trade tells Nigel Farage a solution to the Irish backstop already exists, and could be implemented within three years.
Tony Smith, a former Head of the UK Border Force and a current member of the Expert Panel Advising the Alternative Arrangements, told Nigel that technology to solve the issue of the Irish border exists, and could be implemented within three years.
"I've met myself two companies this week who are the unicorns that everybody says aren't there," he said.
"It is possible, not just to submit electronic data to us but to track data.
"There's one company who can track a packet of bacon from Ireland, right the way through the UK and into the EU and tell you exactly where it is, exactly every time that lorry was stopped or that container was opened and inspected.
"It's all done by digital technology and that technology is there now.
"The difficulty is lots of people don't want to believe that technology is there because it is potentially a solution to an otherwise intractable problem which commits us to remaining in the customs union and single market."
It comes after Boris Johnson described the Irish backstop "unviable" and said it must be removed for a Brexit deal to be reached.
In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, the Prime Minister suggested instead that alternative customs arrangements should be put in place at the Irish border for the two year post-Brexit transition period.
But Mr Tusk responded in a tweet, saying the backstop was "an insurance" in order to avoid a hard border "unless and until an alternative is found".