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

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

In no deal, UK Government is committed to entering discussions urgently with the European Union and Irish Government to agree long-term measures. The tariff on imported textiles will also be slashed by 90%. The UK government has stated that it would closely monitor the effects of these tariffs on the UK economy.

A vandalised "Welcome to Northern Ireland" sign at the border.

To keep the Irish border open, it also says there would be no checks or customs declarations for most goods passing from the Republic of Ireland into Northern Ireland.

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 vehicle imports and some other products.

It comes as MPs plot to finally rule out a no-deal Brexit today when the Commons is ask to vote on the outcome.

The British government has announced plans to scrap import tariffs temporarily on a wide range of goods in the event of a no-deal Brexit, to limit the economic damage.

A no deal Brexit could add thousands on to the cost of buying a new auto, warns experts.

Cheddar will be protected under existing tariff rates, but other cheese products will face no tariffs, and tariffs on steel and aluminium imports will be dropped.

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

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.

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.

Tariffs would not be the only issue, he added, as goods would be subject to checks as a result of the United Kingdom leaving the EU's single market.

However, it is not clear to what extent RoI companies will be able to continue trading for free with Great Britain just so long as they route their goods through NI ports.

To protect human, animal, and plant health, animals and animal products from countries outside the EU would need to enter Northern Ireland through a designated entry point, regulated plant material from outside the EU and high risk EU plant material will require certification and pre-notification before arriving in the UK.

Cutting import tariffs on imported goods would ease the hit to British consumers from an expected jump in inflation in the event of a no-deal Brexit which would probably cause sterling to tumble and make imports more expensive.

Meanwhile, the Ulster Farmer's Union suggested that the plans announced on Wednesday would be equally damaging for Northern Irish farmers. These arrangements can only be temporary and short term'.



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