Well of course you have to have checks if you aren't formally committed to the same standards. For example, if the UK signed a trade deal with the US (or NZ/Oz) that permitted chlorinated chicken into the UK market, there has to be checks to ensure this is not entering the EU market as it is banned in the EU. If you have the same standards on chicken and the UK doesn't import chlorinated chicken then no need for checks on chicken (agriculture and food is treated differently anyway but it shows the point, I couldn't think of a different obvious example). Future matters on technological regulation maybe offer a point of divergence. And the key thing with the EU is some trading relationships work on the basis that it doesn't matter how you get to an outcome on standards as long as the outcome is the same, the EU a lot of the time works that you must get to it in the same way. It's not the EU punishing us, it's that you can't just have open borders without formal governance and its the way the EU operates anyway, the EU uses standards as protectionism.
Tbf I am exasperated. I mean I've seen for long enough absolute nonsense written about the Norway option that it's got a bit tiresome seeing it presented, and also dismissed, with absolute nonsense. I took it as Owen Jones meaning a full customs union because the Norway+ plans that I've seen written about say exactly that, maybe he doesn't idk. Tbh, I've never watched full parliamentary proceedings before but I did on Tuesday and Wednesday and that just made me angry. I think on Tuesday it was only Ken Clarke and a handful of others that seemed to grasp that, no matter what, the withdrawal agreement has to passed and that is not going to change from what was agreed in November. The PD (and this is a bit shit/just a can kicker) can be altered but what difference does it make? Maybe MPs feel it would bind government more so it needs changing, but really unless they amend the WA in UK law, the government is probably not going to end up producing what's in the PD anyway, it's just so futile. The debate and contributions of MPs was so lacking, meaningless and trivial in both debates that it just made me despair so that doesn't help either
Tbh if it wasn't so vital and if parliament wasn't so inept it'd be a great little conundrum to get your head around. Like playing it as a game to solve it's a real strategic dilemma, so in that respect you have to feel for government trying to find a way through. I don't think I quite understand the Boles amendment but that's a big thing next week.
And this from James Kirkup sums up my feelings towards the ultra-Brexiteers but in a kinder way