Avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland in a no deal scenario

14 March, 2019, 22:57 | Author: Myra Gill
  • An anti Brexit protester at Westminster London

But tariffs would be imposed on some imports from the EU.

The UK would slap tariffs of 10.6% on the cost of "fully furnished" cars imported from the EU.

But while it's positive news for the continued flow of goods across the border out of the province, it places Northern Ireland business and farmers at a distinct competitive disadvantage.

But the plan would only be temporary and would exclude a selection of sensitive imports, including some agricultural products such as beef, lamb, pork and some dairy, as well as auto imports and some other products.

The specifics of the potential tariff rates have been made public ahead of a crucial vote on a no-deal Brexit at the House of Commons in Westminster later this evening.

Britain will not introduce any new checks or tariffs on goods moving across the land border into Northern Ireland in the event of no deal Brexit - but critics warn it could become a smugglers' route into the UK.

This latest announcement stated that around 87% (by value) of imported goods would see a zero tariff in a "no deal" Brexit (around 80% of imported goods (by value) are now tariff-free, according to the BBC).

The UK will not introduce any new checks or controls on goods moving across the land border into Northern Ireland if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal, it has been announced.

British prime minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street London
British prime minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street London

MPs will now vote on whether a no-deal scenario should be taken off the table.

Imports such as beef, "cheddar-like" cheese and butter would be subject to tariffs as a percentage of the EU's "most favoured nation" level - a World Trade Organisation measure.

The government recognises that Northern Ireland's businesses and farmers will have concerns about the impact that the government's approach will have on their competitiveness.

Businesses in the Republic will be able to sell goods tariff-free into Northern Ireland but the same will not apply to goods going the other way.

They do not set out the position in respect of tariffs or processes to be applied to goods moving from Northern Ireland to Ireland. The government is committed to entering into discussions with the European Commission and the Irish Government as a matter of urgency.

The Government has been clear that a deal with the European Union is the best outcome for Northern Ireland.
"That's why you've seen the reaction today from British business, from British farmers, Northern Ireland business, Northern Ireland farmers very concerned about what the United Kingdom is proposing and the impact that it's going to have on their economy".

"Most important thing for us in Ireland is that their decision to leave shouldn't cause problems in Northern Ireland where people voted to stay", he said. These arrangements can only be temporary and short-term.


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