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24 October 2019updated 17 Sep 2021 2:01pm

Goods travelling from Great Britain to Northern Ireland will need customs declarations

Yet another clarification is released by Government on what impact will be for businesses in Northern Ireland and Great Britain after Brexit

By George Grylls

The Government has confirmed that goods travelling from Great Britain to Northern Ireland after Brexit will need to fill out customs declarations.

“We will need information on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. Therefore, administrative procedures including a declaration will be required.”

Over the past few days there has been some confusion over the issue.

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Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay initially said that, under the terms of the Government’s deal, there would be no forms for businesses in Northern Ireland to complete on goods travelling to Great Britain. He then rowed back on his statement before a select committee.

Now, in a clarification released overnight to the Home Affairs Select Committee, the Government definitively confirmed that there will be customs declarations for goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile the Government had said that checks would be waived on goods travelling from Northern Ireland to Great Britain.

“The UK does not intend to carry out checks on such movements of goods.”

However, there will be “minimal administrative procedures”.

Yvette Cooper, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee said:

“In the last three days, different senior members of the Government have said contradictory things about checks on goods moving from Northern Ireland to Great Britain and the other way round. This is too important to be fudged. They need to be straight with people about what checks there will be.”

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