EU sausage laws just tip of the Brexit iceberg in Northern Ireland

Neale Richmond, the Dublin Rathdown TD and Fine Gael’s European Affairs spokesman, mentioned: “The extent of these checks is set by the very arduous Brexit pursued by this British Government.  

“In order to avoid checks across the border in Ireland, a 300-mile frontier with over 200 crossings, the solution agreed by this British Government with the EU was for some checks at the four ports of entry into Northern Ireland.”

Alignment with EU guidelines implies that Northern Ireland can export to the Single Market. Business leaders and politicians on either side consider this might make the nation a goal for overseas funding by firms seeking to serve each the EU and UK market. 

UK authorities figures have proven that Northern Irish exports have jumped by 61pc since the Protocol was carried out at the begin of the year and by 111pc since 2018. 

Irish exports to Northern Ireland had been additionally up by 40pc in comparison with 2018. 

Stephen Kelly, chief government of the ManufacturingNI commerce affiliation, mentioned  overseas companies had been actively Northern Ireland due to its twin standing. 

“Right now, GB producers are having to satisfy two units of guidelines, requirements and costly conformity assessments, and in some instances are considering both stopping promoting to the EU altogether or establishing two separate manufacturing strains,” he mentioned.

“But the benefit of the Protocol is that, unlike elsewhere in the UK, we only need to adhere to one set of rules as our goods freely circulate to the EU and have unfettered access into Britain.”

David Henig, UK director of the European Centre for International Political Economy, added: “Every developed nation together with the UK has big numbers of laws. Few international locations would wish to decide to a treaty to half of their nation following so many laws made by another person. 

“To do so without any serious debate in Parliament was a big mistake with consequences which we’re only now learning.”

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