‘Minimal’ checks needed on post-Brexit NI-GB trade

Europe and Brexit

There will be “minimal targeted interventions” on trade from Northern Ireland to GB under the PM’s Brexit deal, the Brexit secretary has said.

Stephen Barclay’s comments came after Northern Ireland business groups appealed for greater clarity about how the deal will affect trade with the rest of the UK.

It will mean new administration and checks on goods crossing the Irish Sea.

But how those processes will be implemented is yet to be worked out.

There have been a series of confused, sometimes contradictory, statements by ministers and senior officials on the issue.

‘Waken up’

Answering an urgent question in the House of Commons on Thursday, Mr Barclay gave details of “exit declarations” which will have to be made on goods going to Great Britain.