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Northern Ireland

EU and UK face talks over Northern Ireland flexibilities following Gove letter and vaccine row

The EU’s vice-president Maroŝ Šefčovič will travel to London next week for talks with the UK government to discuss six key demands London made on the implementation of the Withrawal Agreement’s Northern Ireland Protocol that would involve extending key deadlines for trade facilitations relating to Northern Ireland. The UK government …

Coronavirus response Latest news Northern Ireland

UPDATED – EU requires prior authorisation for APA vaccine exports – targeting mainly Britain

This article was updated on 30 January. The European Commission released a regulation submitting exports of vaccines covered by the European Union’s advanced purchase programme to an export license. The move comes days after Commission president Ursula von der Leyen announced a ‘transparency’ mechanism for such exports as a row …

EU agreement implementation Northern Ireland Week in London column

Week in London: More than just teething problems, trade bill, agriculture commission, parliament oversight

An overview of key developments Businesses struggle to adapt to ‘new normal’ outside EU single market Pressure is continuing to pile up on the UK government as the costs of the non-tariff barriers created by Brexit become ever more evident. Agricultural and fisheries products have been worst hit, with new …

Latest news Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland discovers it is caught in EU steel safeguard trap

Steel manufacturers in Northern Ireland have become the latest group of businesses to make an unpleasant discovery about the practical outworkings of the United Kingdom’s new status outside of the European Union’s single market and customs union. Importers of steel into Northern Ireland from the EU are now potentially liable …

Northern Ireland Week in London column

Week in London: Xinjiang trade restrictions, border hassles, Northern Ireland Protocol, GIs

UK gets tougher on trade with Xinjiang region as China concerns mount British traders are to face internal sanctions if they trade with businesses connected with the Xinjiang region of China, where there is growing concern over the oppression of the Uyghur minority by the Beijing government. Businesses found to …