EU caves! Sefcovic backs down over Brexit deal as ‘more than 80%’ of checks scrapped

Brexit: Sefcovic outlines reform plans for NI protocol

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Maros Sefcovic has announced the European Union is willing to drop “more than 80 percent” of the checks currently required to ship dairy and meat products to Northern Ireland from the UK. The move marks a major concession from the EU Commission on the Brexit protocol and would see the vast majority of restrictions on the flow of animal goods in and out of Northern Ireland lifted.

Mr Sefcovic told a press conference in Brussels that the EU had agreed to a “80 percent reduction of checks and controls required” for diary and meat goods for sale in Northern Ireland.

He said: “Let me illustrate what this means, imagine you are a Northern Ireland business importing products of animal origin like yogurts, cheese, or chickens from Great Britain.

“More than 80 percent of the identity and physical checks previously required will now be removed.

“This will significantly use the process for bringing food supplies from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.”

 

He continued: “Similarly a lorry transporting different food products like dairy, meat, fish, fruit and vegetables from Great Britain to supermarkets in Northern Ireland will now just need one certificate stating all goods of different types, class or description meet the requirement of EU legislation.”

However, Mr Sefcovic refused to budge over the role of the European Court of Justice as the final arbiter in alleged breaches of the protocol.

Mr Sefcovic told the press conference he want to stay on a “positive note,” when pressed on the issue by a reporter.

He said: “I hope that we share the same goal of making sure the businesses and people of Northern Ireland benefits from the dual market. You cannot have access to the single market with the jurisdiction of the ECJ.”

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