Thursday, 17 May 2018

Ministers signed off on "backstop" that would see UK match EU tariffs after 2020

A new customs proposal hoping to prevent a hard border in Ireland after Brexit has been agreed by cabinet.

Ministers signed off on the "backstop" that would see the UK match EU tariffs after 2020, if there is no deal on their preferred customs arrangements.

The measure aims to give the guarantee, wanted by the Irish government, of stopping a hard border being introduced at the end of the transition period.

Brexiteers fear the proposal amounts to staying in the customs union longer.

But No 10 insists this is not the case - saying the UK would still be able to sign and implement trade deals, and the measure would only last for a matter of months.
Government sources have also told the BBC's political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, that the newly agreed proposal was very unlikely to be needed, as they are confident they will be able to agree with the EU a customs deal that avoids bringing back a hard Northern Ireland.

BBC     News.

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