FEARS OF MAJOR BORDER TRADE IMPACT FROM UK LAW ON NORTH PROTOCOL

10 June 2022 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A significant impact on trade in the Border area could result if the UK Government press ahead with the introduction of legislation that would enable it to override aspects of the Northern Ireland Protocol, commentators warned this week. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a Conservative party vote of confidence this week but fears have emerged that he will introduce a Bill that would overturn important elemenst of the Protocol in order to placate Tory hard-liners.

RTÉ yesterday quoted sources which indicated that a Bill was to be brought before the House of Commons proposing a dual regulatory regime that would allow goods produced on the British mainland to circulate in Northern Ireland, and for Northern Ireland- produced goods to circulate freely in the rest of Britain. Under the Bill checks on good entering the North from Great Britain would be dispensed with.

Concerns were raised that aspects of the food and drinks industry in the North, in particularly the diary sector, could be impacted severely if the Bill proceeds. UK grain imported to the North under the proposed new arrangements would not be recognised as being produced to EU standards and this could potentially block dairy products from the North being…

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