Tuesday, 20 August, 2019

Irish border haulage firms 'depend on free movement'

Bill Esterson suffered a car crash interview in which he repeatedly failed to say if Labour would try to keep Britain in or out of the customs union. In a four minute exchange in which he was asked'yes or no if his party wants the UK to stay in or out In a rambling answer Mr Esterson tried to talk about Turkey’s trade arrangements with the EU be fore finally turning to Britain
Christy Curtis | 18 August, 2017, 00:48

"As Michel Barnier [the EU's chief Brexit negotiator] himself has said, the solution can not be based on a precedent so we're looking forward to seeing the EU's position paper on Ireland." said an European Union source.

The UK government has said it does not want any checkpoints between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (RoI) following Brexit.

Those negotiating the UK's exit from the European Union should ensure that firms engaged in cross-border trading have enough time to come to terms with the changes, the Chartered Institute of Taxation has said.

"Avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic is crucially important", said the FSB's United Kingdom chairman Mike Cherry. In a series of interviews about the publication of the paper, David Davis, the UK's Brexit Secretary, admitted that he does not expect a figure to have been reached until at least October.

This approach would use the UK's existing third country processes for UK-EU trade, "building on EU and global precedents, and developing new innovative facilitations to deliver as frictionless a customs border as possible", it said.

According to the latest estimate, this continued European Union budget payment for 2019- 2021 could represent a partial downpayment on a final 40-billion-euros bill that negotiators hope will jump-start talks on trade and future relations.

The government also used the document to reassert that environmental standards and protections would be maintained post-Brexit - a condition the European Union regards as a red line in any future trade deal.

The British proposal, if accepted by Brussels, will allow the transit of goods across borders to continue as now. "It offered two proposals; a streamlined customs deal that would be "as frictionless as possible" to "reduce or remove barriers to trade" and a new customs partnership that removes the need for a UK-EU customs border".

The government's position paper for Northern Ireland and Ireland is available here.

Experts have warned it will be extremely hard to negotiate a new EU-UK free trade agreement before Britain leaves the bloc particularly as Brussels has so far refused even to start trade talks.

The government's bigger challenge would be maintaining the benefits of the Customs Union and the Single Market, Wright added. Trade deals aren't agreed in a day, and without any replacement trade deals secured after Brexit the government is concerned about disruption to cross-border commerce - the so-called 'cliff-edge'.

Without a functioning Executive at Stormont, it is clear who the British Government are taking their lead from on Brexit.

After Brexit, the Irish border will be Britain's only land border with the EU.

Pro-EU Labour lawmaker Chuka Umunna said the proposals "are offering a red tape bombshell for British business".

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