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

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

David Sterling, the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, warned in December of an upsurge in smuggling.

The news comes after Theresa May's Brexit deal was rejected for a second time last night despite making a "breakthrough" on the Irish backstop.

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. The tariff on imported textiles will also be slashed by 90%.

Zero tariffs would be applied to items such as footwear, aluminium and steel, machinery, paper and wood products, and weapons and ammunition.

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).

Britain said on Wednesday it would eliminate import tariffs on a wide range of goods and avoid a so-called hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The UK government has published the temporary tariff regime for a no-deal Brexit.

Tariffs would still apply to 13% of goods imported into the UK.

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

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If MPs vote for a no-deal withdrawal from the EU, European cars and trucks could be slapped with a 10.6 per cent tarriff.

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 outside the European Union would be required to enter Northern Ireland through a designated entry point, while regulated plant materials from outside the European Union and high-risk plants from inside Europe will require certification and pre-notification.

The government said it 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 worldwide 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.

It added that there will be no checks or controls on goods moving from Ireland to NI.

"The measures announced today recognize the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland", Karen Bradley, Britain's secretary of state for Northern Ireland said in a statement.

The call from businesses in Northern Ireland since the vote to leave the European Union referendum has been for an end to uncertainty. These arrangements can only be temporary and short term'.

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