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Uncertainty for Irish border checks post-Brexit

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By Josh Loeb

The precise scale of future checks on livestock and products of animal origin moving between Northern Ireland and Great Britain (and vice versa) post-Brexit is still unclear, the secretary of state at Defra has stated.

George Eustice made his comments to broadcasters amid warnings that talks on securing a UK-EU trade deal were at a low ebb and a row about alleged British plans to ‘override’ parts of a deal that has already been agreed concerning Northern Ireland.

Under the Northern Ireland Protocol – part of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement – Northern Ireland is required to align with some EU rules. However, Eustice suggested that, in the event of no new trade agreement being reached with the EU, the government in Westminster could take some matters concerning veterinary checks into its own hands.

This has led some to accuse Boris Johnson’s government of bad faith. Joe Moran, a Brussels-based lobbyist for the charity organisation …

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