Jacob Rees-Mogg has rubbished any idea of a hard border in Northern Ireland and thinks it’s time the EU and Remoaners in the British government stopped messing around with the Irish border issue and just admitted that there’s a solution – the Switzerland model.
The Daily Express sent a team of reporters to Switzerland, which is not part of the EU, but sees 2.1m people, 1.1m cars and 24,000 lorries cross its border every single day – in fact, it’s one of the busiest borders in Europe.
Everything works fine, a lot of checks are done remotely and using technology and there are rarely any significant delays. Also, it’s pretty cheap – it costs £639m-a-year, which is a far cry from £20bn HMRC has claimed it will cost in Northern Ireland.
Jacob Rees-Mogg said: “As the Daily Express reports the Swiss border is extremely effective. The system has been running for years so it would be possible to have something even more efficient between the UK and the EU.
“There is no need for a hard border in Northern Ireland, or for controls to be at the border, they can all be arranged remotely.
“If the bureaucrats in Zurich can find a solution to the border I am sure the mandarins of Whitehall can do even better.
“The Swiss model is an example of what can be achieved if the political will is there.”
This is the ultimate two fingers up to the arch-Remoaners in the UK or Europhile lot in Brussels who are kicking up a stink about the Irish border issue. There’s a system that works very effectively right in the heart of Europe. It’s time governments on both sides of the Channel stopped trying to block Brexit and started getting on with delivering the will of the people.