15 March 2019: Avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland in a no deal scenario
On Wednesday, the Government announced their approach to avoiding a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland in a no-deal Brexit scenario.
They have confirmed a strictly unilateral and temporary approach to checks, processes and tariffs in Northern Ireland if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March. The UK government will not introduce any new checks or controls on goods at the land border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, including any customs requirements for nearly all goods.
The UK temporary import tariff that was also announced on Wednesday 13 March and shared with you previously would therefore not apply to goods crossing from Ireland into Northern Ireland.
It is important to note that this easement is unilateral, which means it is only for good moving from Ireland to Northern Ireland and does not apply in return, Northern Ireland to Ireland.
As always, I hope this information proves to be useful.