Analysis: Implications of the latest EU-UK disagreement

The EU has begun legal action against the UK over an alleged breach of the Northern Ireland protocol, after the UK unilaterally decided to delay the introduction of checks on goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain. In order to stay in compliance with the Good Friday Agreement after Brexit, the EU and the UK negotiated the Northern Ireland protocol, which came into force on January 1. As part of the terms of this protocol, while Northern Ireland will remain part of the customs territory of the UK, customs checks and controls will apply for goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, thus avoiding the implementation of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. In addition, Northern Ireland is obliged to align with the rules of the EU’s single market in areas such as technical regulation of goods, agricultural and environmental production and regulation, state aid, and other areas of north-south co-operation between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. To give traders time to adapt to the new rules, a grace period was agreed between the EU and the UK whereby the Northern Ireland protocol wouldn’t go into force until April 1 for certain… continue reading

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