"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Saturday 10 February 2018

The Common Travel Area

The Common Travel Area

The Common Travel Area is an open borders area between UK and Ireland.  This confers a right to travel between the two countries without needing a separate visa for nationals of these two nations, even aside from our status as an EEA member state.

There is considerable uncertainty now over what will happen between Ireland and Northern Ireland now - will there in fact be a border?  CTA is independent of the EU, and critical to peace in the region, so many expect it will remain.

However, if there is no customs agreement or arrangment or whatever other word Theresa May wants to call it, Downing Street recently confirmed there won't be, then it means we do not have a frictionless trade agreement with EU.  As long as Ireland remains a member of the EU, this therefore poses a problem.

The latest on the Irish government's website is the following - note the 'at this time'.  Hmmm.

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