United Kingdom says progress made on Brexit; EU trade deal can be done

Brexit latest Michael Gove to unveil groundbreaking £355million trade system | UK | News

It is also the first time the polls have consistently proven a greater part for breaking absent, reported John Curtice, a professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde and Britain's major specialist on polling.

British Cabinet Minister Michael Gove is in Belfast today to announce funding for a new digital trade declaration system that is needed because of Brexit.

Separately, a further £300 million has been committed to the Peace Plus programme to support reconciliation projects across the island of Ireland from 2021-27.

At the centre of the new package, £200m will be spent on a new Trader Support Service (TSS) to help businesses in Northern Ireland deal with the complications of bringing in goods from Great Britain.

A further £155m will be spent on digital technology to streamline processes required by the new internal border created by the Northern Irish protocol, part of the Brexit deal that aligns the region to the United Kingdom customs territory and the European Union customs code.

The TSS will be offered free of charge to help traders handle new bureaucracy to move goods across the Irish Sea - turning Boris Johnson's government into a de facto customs agent for traders.

The proposed amendment to the EU VAT Directive would introduce a special identification number for businesses in Northern Ireland.

"What happens if England gets turned off Northern Ireland?"

The enterprise, excellence and energy of the people and businesses of Northern Ireland are recognised not just across the United Kingdom but the world.

"It is a unique service that will ensure that businesses of all sizes can have import processes dealt with on their behalf, at no cost", Gove said in a statement ahead of the visit.

These provisions will not apply to supplies of services in Northern Ireland, which will be subject to UK VAT rules after the transition period ends.

Both have announced that they will agree on the principles of a trade deal by the end of August.

"Customs controls that are implemented through electronic means are still controls".

"As we continue to engage with businesses and our discussions with the European Union proceed, we will update these resources to ensure that traders are ready for the end of the transition period".

Mr Martin also said he would like to do more to help people living in marginalised communities in Northern Ireland and said there was a low level of second-level education among young people from loyalist communities.



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