BORDERING ON THE RIDICULOUS
HOW THE EU’S BORDER ISSUE BEGINS AT HOME
The May government continues to be unable to form a clear policy for the issue of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
Only this week yet another idea was floated – that of a ‘buffer zone’ of 10 miles either side of the border in which both EU and UK laws would prevail in some form of demilitarized joint command structure. Worryingly, it was widely reported that this came from the DExEU itself.
The idea was promptly and quite rightly shot down by the DUP and others. The fact that this idea even surfaced is indicative of the dire state of the British government’s whole Brexit operation.
LET’S TAKE A STEP BACK
Brexit Facts4EU.Org decided to bring you a new perspective, to demonstrate how this issue is not an issue at all and that it has simply been weaponized by Brussels and by the Irish government of Leo Varadkar.
Below we present a fresh perspective which might make everyone think a little differently.
EXPORTING TO FRANCE?
A law introduced by M Macron before he became president of France means it’s now more expensive and more difficult than ever to export to France.
What follows is the scenario for British companies wishing to export goods to France, but it should be noted that this applies to all other countries bordering France: to Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. It also applies to all other countries inside and outside the EU which have lorries travelling through other countries into France.
IMAGINE YOU’RE A BRITISH TRUCK DRIVER
You’re a British truck driver. You’ve managed to cross the Channel and get through Calais without your windscreen being smashed. This has happened many times. You think you can now relax until the journey home.
Think again, you poor ‘rosbif’.
A gendarme stops you in northern France. “Vos papiers?” he asks icily, with the customary Gallic ‘charm’ reserved for visiting Britons. You hand him your passport and logbook.
“Non Monsieur, votre Déclaration de Détachement s’il vous plait,” he says, looking at you in a ‘betcha don’t have one of them’ way, as he reaches for his bulging instant fines pad.
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY
British haulage companies delivering to France must now comply with the following:
Have a Representative Office/Person in France
A new 5-page document in the vehicle – the ‘Déclaration de Détachement’
The driver’s employment contract in the vehicle – translated into French
Proof the driver is paid at least the French minimum wage, additional payments for overtime, compulsory wage supplements
Contract with a French Représentant, written in French and stating the following:-
Full personal and company details of Représentant in France
His or her acceptance of appointment
Effective date and duration of the appointment (must be valid for 18 months after driver is stopped)
Location where the documents are kept, and copies of the driver’s payslips
Fines range from €400 up to €2750 per offence.
THIS IS THE CURRENT FRENCH LAW – NOTHING TO DO WITH BREXIT
It is important to stress that this is the French law right now. It applies to drivers and companies from all EU member states. Alas, it makes no difference whether or not you are from a country that is part of the ‘Single Market’ and/or Customs Union.
It is a simple fact that crossing the French border with goods – even if you come from an EU country – involves an inordinate amount of paperwork and considerable costs.
The foregoing is part of what’s called ‘Macron’s Law’, named after the former Economy Minister – now the President of France, Emmanuel Macron – the darling of Brussels because of his advocacy of a federal EU.
The law was supposedly designed to liberate France from some of its more bureaucratic working practices and make it more competitive!
It came into force in July of 2016, after more than 3000 amendments were lodged in the French Parliament and the Government was forced to put it through under executive privilege.
IMAGINE IF THE UK PROPOSED TO INTRODUCE THIS IN NORTHERN IRELAND
If the UK put this forward as a law they were proposing to introduce in Northern Ireland – and in the rest of the UK come to that – the EU would be in uproar. What would be even more galling would be the false outrage from the treacherous Remoaners in Parliament who would condemn it.
And yet this is the reality today, for British hauliers crossing the border into France. This is the reality even without Brexit.
THE NORTHERN IRELAND BORDER QUESTION COULD BE SOLVED IN DAYS
The EU’s and Irish government’s treatment of the Northern Ireland border issue is both unreasonable and entirely predictable. Nevertheless solutions already exist. If the EU and the Republic genuinely had the interests of consumers and businesses at heart they would have reached a simple agreement last year.
The only thing stopping a solution is politics. Politics from Brussels, from Dublin, and from the shamefully ignorant and unpatriotic Remainer politicians in Westminster.[Sources: French Ministère de l’Environnement, de l’Energie et de la Mer | Numerous legal and transport association sites] 06.55am, Sunday 03 June 2018