STILL NOT ENOUGH! – European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic offers 80% reduction on red tape regarding dairy and meat shipments to NI.

  • European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic has stated that the EU is willing to eliminate “more than 80 percent” of the current dairy and meat shipment restrictions to Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom.
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  • “This will significantly use the process for bringing food supplies from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.”
  • Mr Sefcovic, on the other hand, was steadfast in his belief that the European Court of Justice should be the last judge in cases involving alleged protocol violations.
  • He stated that if an agreement could not be reached, the UK was ready to invoke Article 16 of the protocol, which empowers either party to override significant portions of the agreement. “

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Maros Sefcovic, deputy president of the EU Commission, indicated that the group is willing to remove a significant amount of red tape that is now impeding trade between the UK and the Republic of Ireland. 

European Commission President Maros Sefcovic has stated that the EU is willing to eliminate “more than 80 percent” of the current dairy and meat shipment restrictions to Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom. 

The EU Commission has made a significant concession on the Brexit protocol with this step, which will result in a considerable reduction in the amount of restrictions on the movement of animal products into and out of Northern Ireland. 

At a news conference in Brussels, Mr Sefcovic stated that the EU has agreed to an “80 percent reduction of checks and controls required” for diary and meat goods for sale in Northern Ireland.”

According to what he said, “Let me illustrate what this means, imagine you are a Northern Ireland business importing products of animal origin like yoghurts, 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.”

“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,” according to Mr McDonagh’s explanation. 

Mr Sefcovic, on the other hand, was steadfast in his belief that the European Court of Justice should be the last judge in cases involving alleged protocol violations. 

When pressed, Mr Sefcovic said he wanted to end on a “positive note” during the press conference. 

He stated the following: “I really hope that we share the same goal of peace, stability and prosperity on the island of Ireland and I hope that we also share the same goal that the businesses and people of Northern Ireland would benefit enormously from the dual market access.”

“That is something that would bring enormous pluses for the Northern Ireland economy.”

“It is very clear that you cannot have access to the single market without the supervision of the European Court of Justice.”

“But we should put aside this business of red lines. We should really focus on the stakeholders and the people in Northern Ireland. They want us to solve the practical issues. They want us to put this business behind them.”

“We are really doing our utmost, and I hope it is reciprocated by our UK partners. I have invited Lord Frost for lunch on Friday.”

“I would be very happy if we could start the new year with new agreement, new rules in place, and finally focus on the future, a new positive agenda for EU-UK relations.”

When speaking to diplomats in Lisbon this week, Brexit minister David Frost indicated that significant changes must be made for the existing agreement to operate. 

He stated that if an agreement could not be reached, the UK was ready to invoke Article 16 of the protocol, which empowers either party to override significant portions of the agreement. 

“Northern Ireland is not EU territory. It is our responsibility to safeguard peace and prosperity, and that may include using Article 16 if necessary,” said the Brexit minister.

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