The British government would never adopt a solution to the customs regulation of future trade with the EU, which would raise customs borders between Northern Ireland and other parts of the United Kingdom, said Downing Street spokesman Friday.
As a precedent of a prominent statement by the Prime Minister’s Office in London, Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s Brexit chief negotiator at the Brussels press conference, stated that the European Commission’s proposal to extend the Irish Island as a “common regulatory area” there is no other way of preventing physical border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
This proposal, put forward by the Committee at the end of 2017, would, in London’s interpretation, mean that Northern Ireland would continue to be part of the European Union’s customs union, although the United Kingdom at the same time as EU membership ceased to exist on the EU’s single internal market and customs union also wants to quit.
Against this proposal of the European Commission, the British government presented an alternative package of proposals on Thursday, which is that if the final settlement agreement on the customs regulation of bilateral trade between the United Kingdom and the EU could not be concluded until the expiry of the transitional period planned for the end of the EU membership at the end of 2020 , the transitional period would be extended for a further year, but limited to the customs regulation of bilateral trade flows.
The document, which should 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.
British EU membership is expected to end in March next year, but the British Government and the European Union will agree on a transitional period that will last until the end of 2020 and the United Kingdom and EU trading partners will have access to each other’s markets under the current rules , including customs legislation that provides for the current duty-free trade.
According to the UK proposal Thursday, the UK as a whole would remain “limited” for the EU’s customs union rule system if, until the end of the transitional period, it would not be possible to reach a definitive agreement on the customs regulation of future bilateral trade.
At a press conference Friday, however, Michel Barnier criticized the London proposal for a temporary solution. The chief negotiator of the EU Commission stressed the need to permanently prevent the physical border controls being restored on the island of Ireland.
The spokesman for Downing Street, however, stated that Britain’s British Prime Minister Theresa May had “made it clear” that London would never accept a customs border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, and remains firmly committed to the British to maintain the integrity of the internal market and this position will not change.
However, according to the spokesman, this proposal can not be achieved by the European Commission’s proposal and the British government has therefore put forward its own “standby” proposal for a temporary regulation of customs procedures.
One of the largest financial and economic analysts in London, analysts at Capital Economics, Barnier’s Friday press conference and a quick analysis of Downing Street’s response, said that in their opinion Brussels’ position left only two straight-line options: the UK Government either accepts customs controls trade between the rest of Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, or decide that the UK as a whole will remain permanently in the EU customs union after the expiry of the UK membership.