Trade

UK Brexit secretary stumbles over detail of deal with EU

LONDON — Northern Irish businesses will have to complete exit declarations when sending goods to Great Britain under the terms of the governments Brexit deal, Stephen Barclay said today.

The U.K. Brexit secretary told peers on the House of Lords European Union committee: “The exit summary declarations will be required in terms of NI to GB.”

Barclay was correcting an earlier answer he gave to the committee, when he said he did not think such forms would be required under Johnsons deal. Barclay initially told peers: “Weve said in terms of [trade] from NI to GB that it will be frictionless and so there wouldnt be [declaration forms].”

Barclays admission reveals that trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland would be subject to new paperwork under the terms of Johnsons Brexit deal.

According to the European Commission, exit summary declarations are required when goods leave the EUs customs territory, but regular customs declarations are not required. An example is when goods are moved between two EU countries via the territory of a non-EU state — for example, items that are transported over land from Slovenia via Serbia and Albania to Greece.

The Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party refused to back the Brexit deal last week because it says it cannot accept divergence between rules in Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

The partys Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson tweeted: “Clear breach of UK Government commitment in Joint Report of 2017 to allow unfettered access to GB market for NI businesses. How can any Conservative & Unionist MP argue this does not represent a border in the Irish Sea?!”

Stewart Wood, the Labour peer who asked Barclay the question about the declarations, told POLITICO: “The Brexit secretary of state has made clear that there will be a very real commercial border between Northern Ireland and Great Britain under the governments Brexit proposal.

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