Tom Richards's Reviews > A Short History of Brexit: From Brentry to Backstop
A Short History of Brexit: From Brentry to Backstop (Pelican Books)
Tom Richards's review
Jun 13, 2019
Excellent overview of the historical development of the EU, particularly as it applies to Britain and Ireland. Also the best explanation I have yet seen of the difference between a customs union and a free trade area, including a discussion on how VAT works in the EU. The trilemma of a) no border in Ireland (article 49 of the WA) b) no border between Britain and Northern Ireland (article 50 of the WA) c) leaving the customs union (as per the Lancaster House speech) is well-covered (in essence, you can pick any two, but you can't have all three).
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