The British authorities announced today that they plan to extend the grace period for customs control of goods through the province of Northern Ireland, within the measures agreed by the country’s withdrawal from membership in the European Union (EU).

London wants to renegotiate the agreement with the EU in force since the beginning of the year, but it still faces the rejection of Brussels.

According to customs rules, Northern Ireland is still in the single European market and customs union, because it is planned to control the goods that arrive by sea from the rest of Great Britain to Northern Ireland, which borders Ireland, an EU member.

The British Minister for Brexit, David Frost, stated that the government will continue the current protocol, which envisages the determination of flexibility in customs.

The European Commission, for its part, replied that Great Britain is legally obliged to fulfill its obligations. She added that she does not intend to initiate misdemeanor proceedings yet.

The United Kingdom wants goods going to Northern Ireland not to be subject to customs control.

The EU has always rejected such measures, viewing them as a threat to the integrity of its own market due to a lack of physical border and control between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

By Editor

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