Policy review: Smart Border 2.0 - New European Parliament paper
Customs expert Bill Austin reviews a new paper commissioned by the European Parliament on how to achieve a Smart Border on the island of Ireland, and finds the analysis is equally prescient for an independent Scotland’s border considerations
Bill Austin: The Brexit borders debate is a red herring – What matters is whether you control your tax system, or let corporations run wild
Customs expert with over 30 years experience in the UK and worldwide, Bill Austin argues that Brexit is an attempt to undermine revenue and customs collection to serve unbridled corporate power, but that there is a chance for an independent Scotland to have a tax system among the world’s best
WE NEED to explain to Scotland’s electorate, but particularly No voters, the consequences to their day-to-day lives of the catastrophic Brexit fraud concurrent with demonstrable evidence of how to protect our society through Independence in the EU. No problem, right?
Bill Austin: I've been in Customs for 30 years and I agree with Boris - May's Chequers plan is a turd
Bill Austin, former HM Revenue & Customs officer for 30 years and current Customs international consultant, argues that Theresa May’s Chequers plan would create a Customs blackhole, leading to massive smuggling of goods and lost revenues for the UK and EU
Bill Austin: Why the UK's Brexit customs paper is a fantastical wish-list
Former customs officer Bill Austin says the UK is completely unprepared for its customs responsibilities post-Brexit
THIS brief perspective on the Westminster governments’ recently released Brexit customs arrangements is based on a 40-year career principally with HM Customs and Excise and, subsequently, as a customs manager across Europe and Africa.
Bill Austin: How Scotland could approach security as an independent country
Former customs officer Bill Austin reviews a new academic collection examining the security of small states through the lens of Scotland's constitutional debate
Review of 'Security in a Small Nation: Scotland, Democracy, Politics', edited by Andrew W. Neal
New Report - An independent Scotland's Customs and Borders
Customs operations, degraded by the UK Government, could be key role in an independent Scotland’s tax collection and defence strategy
A NEW Common Weal report argues that an independent Scotland could benefit from increased revenue by introducing a “smart borders” approach, with the prospects of a ‘hard border’ between Scotland and England “totally overblown”.
The White Paper: 5 ways an indy Scotland will be different
Pro-independence thinktank releases white paper with new ideas to build a new country
A RADICAL and new report has been released by the pro-independence thinktank Common Weal revealing its vision to redefine and rejuvenate the institutions and governing bodies of an independent Scottish state.