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.