UK and EU officials to meet in London after offer to cut 80% of GB-Northern Ireland checks on some g …

uk and eu officials to meet in london after offer to cut 80 of gb northern ireland checks on some goods

Sumary of UK and EU officials to meet in London after offer to cut 80% of GB-Northern Ireland checks on some goods:

  • UK and European Union officials will meet in London later following the EU’s offer to cut 80% of checks on some goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland in an effort to avoid a post-Brexit trade clash.
  • The proposals have been published a day after the UK’s Brexit minister Lord Frost demanded a new Northern Ireland Protocol – which is designed to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland.
  • Lord Frost’s opposite number in the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic, called the proposals “far-reaching” and “ambitious” as he published four papers that officials will tonight take to London to begin negotiations immediately.
  • Under the plans, the transport of certain foods, plants and items of animal origin from Great Britain into Northern Ireland will be vastly simplified, with checks cut by 80%.
  • More on Brexit Related Topics: Mr Sefcovic said this would mean a Northern Ireland car dealer ordering parts from Great Britain would only need to provide basic information, such as an invoice with the value.
  • The UK has argued the protocol is not working, with delays and interruptions to supplies moving between the UK and Northern Ireland.
  • The papers also include plans to ensure the free flow of medicines between Great Britain and Northern Ireland by changing EU laws.
  • Mechanisms will be altered to ensure the participation of Northern Ireland politicians and communities in the ongoing implementation of the protocol.

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