CEO of Scurri and delivery management expert Rory O’Connor argued that Brexit Britain and the European Union needed to move forward to solve any trade issues. During an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr O’Connor said the UK could expect “unthinkable catastrophes” should the two sides’ differences over the Northern Ireland Protocol are not resolved timely. He added the thought of a physical border between Ireland and Northern Ireland would cause societal and cultural negative impacts.
Mr O’Connor said: “From a personal point of view and understanding the experiences of a border in Ireland, going back to a hard border and that impact is unthinkable.
“The societal, cultural impact of that, it is somewhat unthinkable.
“If there is any way to move forward to creating that smart border using technology, solving the problem we need to.
“Sticking your head in the sand and failure to solve this problem is just going to cause catastrophe.
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“It is going to cause tensions between the EU and UK.
“I think both sides are going to have to get together and solve it because if not it is really unthinkable the consequences of that could be if a border appears back there again.”
Mr O’Connor also insisted the EU and Boris Johnson needed to renegotiate the Northern Ireland protocol.
He also claimed that triggering Article 16 would only make the situation worse.
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Mr O’Connor said: “It is up to Boris Johnson and the EU to fix the mess.
“Retail and suppliers efforts are not going to be enough to solve things for Northern Ireland because regulation is a key part in this.
“I think Article 16 would be disastrous and it would make things worse.
“I think they need to be big boys and girls and sit down together and work it out.
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“I know the UK has called for the grace period to be extended but we have seen over the years extension upon extensions don’t solve the problem.
“So sticking your head in the sand doesn’t solve it.
“People need to sit down together and work out a solution.”
The Protocol was first agreed to amid concerns Brexit could disrupt the Good Friday Agreement because of the UK quitting the customs union and single market, resulting in the reinstatement of border checks with the continent.
In a bid to limit the impact of the withdrawal on the peace process, the EU and the UK agreed Northern Ireland would remain a de facto member of both the single market and the customs union.
But unionists have lamented the agreement citing risks to the nation’s position as a part of the United Kingdom.
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