News | Published January 28 2020

Leaders Council reports on Barnier comments

The Leaders Council of Great Britain & Northern Ireland has published a report on the chief EU negotiator's comments that customs checks on some goods moving between Northern Ireland and Great Britain will be an inevitability after Brexit.

Michel Barnier has said checks on some goods will be unavoidable since they are an “indispensable” part of the negotiated Withdrawal Agreement.

This pours cold water on prime minister Boris Johnson’s claims that trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland would not be subject to interference.

Barnier said: "In agreeing to the protocol [Withdrawal Agreement], the UK has agreed to a system of reinforced checks and controls for goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain.

"I understand the fears of negative economic fallout expressed by some about these checks. But, Brexit unfortunately has consequences that we must manage.”

The full report can be read on the Leaders Council website here.

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William Winter
January 28 2020

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