News | Published October 22 2019

Northern Ireland firms to have to declare goods before trading in Great Britain

Stephen Barclay, the Brexit secretary, has confirmed that firms in Northern Ireland must declare all goods which head to the rest of the United Kingdom, under the newly proposed deal.

Barclay announced the decision at the Lords Exiting the EU committee on Monday this week.

The decision follows the previous promise that trade between Northern Ireland and Great Britain would remain "unfettered".

Sammy Wilson of the DUP noted that the decision was a "clear breach" of decisions made by the previous government.

The announcement came from Barclay correcting a previous answer and confirmed that additional paperwork would be required in future trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland were Johnson’s deal to be passed.

Stewart Wood, the Labour peer who had questioned Barclay stated that a "very real commercial border" would be created between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

At present European Commission rules dictate that declarations are only required when goods leave the EU customs territory.

Standard customs declarations are not currently required.

When Brexit negotiations began in 2017, a joint report between the UK and EU stated "In all circumstances, the United Kingdom will continue to ensure the same unfettered access for Northern Ireland's businesses to the whole of the United Kingdom internal market."

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Alice Jaspars
Culture Editor
October 22 2019

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