LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Wednesday it saw no need for new customs infrastructure in Northern Ireland but checks would be made on some goods heading to the province from the mainland in its proposals for how the border will work from next year.
FILE PHOTO: Different coloured road markings and a line in the tarmac mark the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland near Bridgend, Northern Ireland October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Britain left the EU in January and has until the end of this year to negotiate an agreement on future ties or start 2021 without a trade agreement, which some businesses say could cause costly delays and confusion at borders.
Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom but shares a land border with EU member Ireland, hampered any agreement between Britain and the bloc until late last year when Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed to a so-called protocol.
The EU says the protocol requires strict customs checks and tariffs on some goods coming from mainland Britain into the province in case they are headed onwards into Ireland and the bloc’s single market.
But before December’s election, Johnson told businesses in Northern Ireland there would be