BREXIT: MEP WARNS OF “NASTY SURPRISE”; NO NORTH PROTOCOL DEAL EXPECTED BEFORE CHRISTMAS; CO MONAGHAN AGRI-FOOD BUSINESSES URGED TO PREPARE FOR UK IMPORT CONTROLS

3 December 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Hundreds of thousands of Irish consumers could be “in for a nasty surprise” this Christmas if they are ordering their presents from Britain, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Chris MacManus warned this week. Online orders from British retailers made through Irish websites could be hit by significant duties and VAT levies, Mr Mac- Manus stated, calling for an information campaign to be launched for shoppers.

The MEP’s Brexit complication warning came as indications emerged that the ongoing trade talks between the EU and the UK on post-Brexit arrangements are unlikely to see outstanding issues relating to the Northern Ireland Protocol resolved before Christmas. Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD said on Tuesday that the Protocol issues did not appear to be capable of resolution by Christmas, but he welcomed the fact that Vice-President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič had indicated that he was willing to continue negotiations while some progress was maintained.

Speaking on the Irish language channel TG4, the Taoiseach said that he was in regular contact with political leaders in Northern Ireland about a number of major projects he wished to see…

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