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Britain postpones restrictions on goods on the border with Northern Ireland

Britain postpones restrictions on goods on the border with Northern Ireland

The adjournment is intended to give more time to negotiate the terms of the Brexit agreement.

September 7, 2021 12:22 PM SITA

London. The United Kingdom is postponing the introduction of border restrictions on goods from the country to the north Ireland. Brexit Minister David Frost made the announcement on Monday.

According to him, the rules introduced by the United Kingdom at the end of last year regarding the suspension of members of the European Union (EU) will continue to apply on the border of Northern Ireland.

Frost added that the adjournment would provide “space for further discussion” to resolve differences in relations with the EU over the terms of the Brexit agreement.

Relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union are complicated by the trade regime on the border with Northern Ireland, which is the only part of the United Kingdom with a land border with the 27 European Union.

The Brexit agreement considers that part of trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom should be subject to customs control.

The purpose of this measure is to prevent the entry of British goods into the EU public market without customs clearance, while ensuring that individuals continue to move freely between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as part of the European Community.

Boundary restrictions on goods have been criticized by Northern Irish Unionists, who have weakened Northern Ireland’s relations with the United Kingdom.

One of the postponed measures, which is due to take effect on October 1, is a ban on the import of selected meat products from the UK, Scotland and Wales to Northern Ireland.

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The so-called Sausage War was the most important element in the controversy between the United Kingdom and the European Union, which raised concerns that Northern Irish shops could not sell British sausages, which are a traditional part of local gastronomy.