Proposed technical solutions to Northern Ireland border examined

13 November 2018

Following its inquiry on Brexit and the Northern Ireland land border, the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee will carry out a two-part exploration of technical solutions to the border.


Tuesday 13 November in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 3pm

  • Lars Karlsson, President of KGH Border Services, Author of ‘Smart Border 2.0: avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland for customs control and the free movement of persons’


Wednesday 14 November in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30am

  • Hans Maessen, Brexit advisor at SGS Government and Institutions Services and author of ‘Drive through borders'

The Committee's Report

In its report on the Northern Ireland land border, the Committee called on the Government to introduce detailed proposals for how an 'open and invisible' border between Northern Ireland and Ireland would be maintained after Brexit. The UK Government has committed to avoiding a hard border, including any physical infrastructure or related checks and controls, however, the future of the Northern Ireland border remains ambiguous, and disagreement over solutions for the land border continues to stall progress in Brexit negotiations.

Purpose of the session

In the first session on Tuesday 13 November, the Committee hears from Lars Karlsson, an international border expert and author of a report for the European Parliament Constitutional Affairs Committee which proposed a technical solution for the Northern Ireland land border.

In the second session on Wednesday 14 November, the Committee  questions Hans Maessen, a post-Brexit border solutions adviser and a proponent of the Maximum Facilitation (Max Fac) solution to the Northern Ireland border.

The Committee will discuss the feasibility of both experts' proposals for an invisible Northern Ireland border, the measures required to implement a smart border capable of managing smuggling risk and how the UK Government will meet its commitments in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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