Presumably, this is only something we could once outside of a Customs Union with the EU.
And of course we won't be having to worry about retaliatary action as we won't have any cars of our own left to export.
The EU Japan FTA is the bigger threat. This isn't an anti EU point, most Vote Leave and Leave EU lead spokespeople would have agreed with a free trade agreement with zero tariffs and mutual recognition of vehicle regulations.
26. The Parties will put in place ambitious customs arrangements, in pursuit of their overall objectives. In doing so, the Parties envisage making use of all available facilitative arrangements and technologies, in full respect of their legal orders and ensuring that customs authorities are able to protect the Parties’ respective financial interests and enforce public policies. To this end, they intend to consider mutual recognition of trusted traders’ programmes, administrative cooperation in customs matters and mutual assistance, including for the recovery of claims related to taxes and duties, and through the exchange of information to combat customs fraud and other illegal activity.
27. Such facilitative arrangements and technologies will also be considered in developing any alternative arrangements for ensuring the absence of a hard border on the island of Ireland on a permanent footing.
E. Implications for checks and controls
28. The Parties envisage that the extent of the United Kingdom’s commitments on customs and regulatory cooperation, including with regard to alignment of rules, would be taken into account in the application of related checks and controls, considering this as a factor in reducing risk. This, combined with the use of all available facilitative arrangements as described above, can lead to a spectrum of different outcomes for administrative processes as well as checks and controls, and the Parties note in this context their wish to be as ambitious as possible, while respecting the integrity of their respective markets and legal orders.
Lots of talk about respecting legal orders here, but this actually seems highly ambitious if very conditional on UK support.
And this is a point generally about the Political Declaration, it's more a menu of options for the UK (or a series of menus) than a binding long term plan.
This means that it's quite important for interested parties to decide where their most important pain points are, because if the DUP are anything to go by it will be an awful lot of effort to change them and the sooner they do it the better.
And the other thing is that this thing will come back, even if its in another guise, in the even of a No Deal.
The simplest solution is to *NOT* put tariffs on things we want to buy. But *not* doing anything is so alien to our politicians, they want to *do* something, even if that *doing* is nothing. But no, the solution is not *doing* nothing, but *not* doing anything.
I hear they have recruited a lot of extra hands from Cornwall, experienced types in customs matters, taking a few days off from nocturnal activities on the beaches involving shipwrecking & illicit booze...
Ian Dunt is saying that we're in trouble with Trade Remedies (the tariffs you put in place when you think there's been dumping) if there's a No Deal because we don't have all the technical pieces in place and the importers have access to our tax appeals system:
This will probably mean that empty trucks and then easier to clear are going to be favoured on the way out, as the focus will be keeping the capacity for imports to come in. So no EORI number, then you'll more likely be in an airstrip in Kent than waiting outside Dover.
Here's an example of where data sharing is important. Will DVLA have the details of (say) Irish truckers using the land bridge or will they be directed to kick their heels in an Anglesey lorry park until their documentation is checked?