The UK government’s package of proposals set out on Thursday said Britain would remain “restricted” for the EU’s customs union rule system if, until the end of the transitional period after the expiration of the British EU membership, it would not be possible to reach a definitive agreement on the customs regulation of future bilateral trade.
British EU membership is expected to end in March, but the British Government and the European Union will agree to a transitional period for the end of 2020, and Britain and the EU trade partners will have access to each other’s markets under the current rules .
However, there is still an unresolved question as to what customs rules will apply after the transitional period in current duty-free bilateral trade.
According to the six-page, technical document presented on Thursday, if the final agreement on bilateral customs regulation could not be concluded by the expiry of the transitional period by the end of 2020, the transitional period would be practically extended for a further year but limited to the customs regulation of bilateral trade.
The document, to be approved by the EU, states that the British Government expects the final agreement on future customs procedures to enter into force by the end of 2021 at the latest.
The wording of the package of proposals repeatedly emphasizes that this is only a conditional proposal solely in the event of a delay in the conclusion of the final customs control procedure.
Before the announcement of the proposal, there was a serious debate within the government, since the original draft did not include a target date for the temporary customs regulation.
According to British press reports, David Davis, the head of the ministry heading the exit talks from the UK, refused to accept it, and allegedly waived its promise if no reference was made to the possible final date for the expiry of the temporary customs regulation.
As a compromise, this is the wording that London is expected to have final duty agreement by the end of 2021 at the latest.
The proposal of the Thursday suggests that the conservative British government should withdraw from the European Union’s single internal market and customs union at the same time as EU membership ends, with the argument that, on the one hand, Brexit can only enter into independent bilateral trade agreements on the other hand, further membership in these two cornerstone integration organizations would oblige London, above all in terms of free labor mobility within the EU, to fulfill the conditions as if Britain were not out of the EU.
This is also closely linked to the unanswered question of how to avoid physical restraint restraint from the 499-kilometer-wide, currently fully open frontier of the UK’s Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland remaining in the EU, following the European Union and the European Union Will be the UK’s only land border.
At this earlier military-strictly supervised border, one of the main achievements of the Northern Ireland settlement process, there is now no control, and neither London, nor the Irish Government nor the Northern Irish parties want to restore it.
The European Commission, however, insists on a solution that does not start the integrity of the EU customs union, that is, no impact on the EU’s external border. The original solution proposal of the committee was that the Irish island as a whole, if no agreement was reached, would be transformed into a ‘common regulatory area’. London, however, declines this firmly with the argument that the UK’s internal trade and territorial integrity would be compromised as virtually the border between Ireland and the United Kingdom would go to the Irish Sea.
Northern Ireland is not part of Great Britain, but it forms the United Kingdom under the British Crown.