TRIBUNE – Former deputy director general of customs, the inspector general of the honorary finances * judges that the agreement on the modalities of Brexit concluded between London and Brussels will penalize the economy of the Twenty-Seven and favor only Great Britain.

By PATRICE CAHART

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on a visit to the George Spencer Academy in Stapleford on November 8, 2019.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on a visit to the George Spencer Academy in Stapleford on November 8, 2019. POOL New / REUTERS

The European Union withdrawal agreement signed on October 17 between Brussels and London will undoubtedly be ratified by the British Parliament after the parliamentary elections in December. And the European Parliament will hasten to ratify it in turn.

But it's a duped market. Hostiles to any extent that may be prelude to an attachment to the Republic of Ireland, the "Unionists" have obtained that Ulster continues to be part of the British customs territory. This involved the restoration of a customs cordon between the north and south of Ireland. But this customs border was removed at the urging of Boris Johnson. Ireland, as a whole, will become a sieve.

Let's explain why.

The European Union's tariff is low: if the proceeds of duties are reported to all imports, there is an average rate of only 1.79%. Indeed, the European Union has disarmed a lot, and often unilaterally. But from time to time, for

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