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EU to unveil measures to ease British goods flow to N. Ireland


BRUSSELS, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The European Commission will on Wednesday put to Britain a bundle of measures to ease the transit of goods to Northern Ireland, whereas stopping wanting the overhaul London is demanding of post-Brexit buying and selling guidelines for the province.

The EU government’s measures are designed to ease customs controls, such because the clearance of meat, dairy and different meals merchandise and the flow of medicines to the British province from the UK mainland.

However, it won’t open up for renegotiation the protocol governing Northern Ireland’s distinctive buying and selling place, leaving Brussels and London on a possible collision course.

Maros Sefcovic, the fee vice-president in command of EU-UK relations, will current the plans to EU nations and to members of the European Parliament on Wednesday afternoon earlier than a news convention scheduled for six.30 p.m. (1630 GMT/1230 EDT)

The fee will even set out plans to have interaction extra with individuals in Northern Ireland.

The proposals may allow supermarkets to provide Northern Irish shops with sausages and different chilled meat merchandise from Britain which can be banned from entry into the European Union – and so in principle into Northern Ireland.

While remaining a part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland has stayed within the EU’s single marketplace for goods, that means its exports to the remainder of the bloc face no customs checks, tariffs or paperwork.

Sefcovic has stated the association permits Northern Irish companies to get pleasure from one of the best of each worlds. However, the result’s an efficient customs border within the Irish Sea, disturbing commerce from Britain to Northern Ireland and angering the province’s pro-British unionists.

Under the fee’s plans, British sausages, for instance, can be allowed into Northern Ireland so long as they have been solely meant for Northern Irish shoppers.

“That’s our proposal. We will put it on the table. If… this is rejected, then indeed we have a problem,” Sefcovic stated in feedback final week.

British Brexit Minister David Frost stated in a speech on Tuesday that London can be prepared to talk about the proposals “whatever they say”, but in addition demanded a brand new “forward-looking” protocol, one with out oversight from European judges.

The EU has stated it can not see how a physique aside from the EU’s high court docket may rule on the EU single market.

Sefcovic has additionally stated that in his go to final month to Northern Ireland, virtually nobody raised the European Court of Justice as an issue.

Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Nick Macfie

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