United Kingdom to publish no-deal Brexit plans for Irish border

Lester Mason
March 14, 2019

However, there would be no checks between Northern Ireland and Britain.

Speaking Wednesday evening during the Brexit votes in the House of Commons, which saw control of the Brexit process all but torn from the hands of the Government by rebel Members of Parliament, Varadkar said that Brexit is "a decision that we deeply regret in Ireland and across Europe", reports the Irish Journal.

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

Rates include beef (53 per cent of MFN), poultry meat (60 per cent), sheep meat (100 per cent), pig meat (13 per cent), butter (32 per cent), Cheddar-like cheese (13 per cent), protected fish and seafood products (100 per cent) and milled and semi-milled products (83 per cent).

The government said it would not apply a tariff regime and customs border on goods transiting across the land border from Ireland to Northern Ireland but admitted that this created a "potential for exploitation" if those goods are then transported across the sea to mainland Britain for sale.

The UK temporary import tariff announced today would therefore not apply to goods crossing from Ireland into Northern Ireland.

The new system would mean 82 percent of imports from the European Union would be tariff-free, down from 100 percent now, while 92 percent of imports from the rest of the world would pay no duties at the border, up from 56 percent now.

Instead, normal compliance and intelligence methods will be used to detect any traders attempting to abuse the system.

But they said these were the only steps that could be taken to deliver on the Government's commitment to avoiding a hard border in the case of no deal.

Proposed tariff rates on a range of food products were announced as a proportion of the so-called "most favoured nation" (MFN) now imposed by the European Union on imports from countries which do not have a free trade agreement.

Under the new regime for Northern Ireland, goods arriving from the Republic will still be subject to the same Value-Added Tax and excise duty as at present.

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.

To fulfil essential global obligations, there would be new United Kingdom import requirements such as checks on documents or registration for a very limited set of goods, such as endangered species and hazardous chemicals.

'But we will do all we can to support people and businesses across Northern Ireland in the event that we leave without a deal.

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley said: 'The Government has been clear that a deal with the European Union is the best outcome for Northern Ireland.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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