British MPs take lessons from Swiss border officials
A British parliamentary committee has been hearing how Switzerland handles customs controls with its EU neighbours.
The head of Swiss customs, Dr Christian Bock, spent time explaining to British MPs on how the Swiss system works.
The British are examining how a border could work between Northern Ireland and the Republic after Brexit.
The Swiss explained the systems have been built up over many years and works well due to close collaboration with French, German and Italian authorities.
Conservative MP, Bob Stewart revealed he has a house in Ferney-Voltaire in France on the border near Geneva, and says he’s never been stopped and the Route de Versoix is never manned.
The Swiss customs officers explained there are plenty of background checks and many vehicles are monitored even before approaching the border using unmarked cars and plain clothed officers. They’re confident many illegal people or goods crossing the border are intercepted.