Brussels “braces for the worst” from UK after NI protocol changes

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Russels is “bracing for the worst” while awaiting the UK’s response to a series of measures he has proposed to cut trade bureaucracy across the Irish Sea, according to reports.

The European Commission has put in place measures to reduce regulatory controls by 80% and dramatically reduce customs procedures on the movement of goods, especially food and agricultural products, between Great Britain and the Isle of Ireland.

The government welcomed the announcement on Wednesday evening, signaling that it wanted “intensive talks” to follow the EU’s proposals, designed to tackle the disruption caused by the Northern Ireland Protocol.

“The EU has now released its proposals in response to those in our command document,” a government spokesperson said.

“We are studying the details and will of course look at them seriously and constructively.

“The next step should be intensive discussions on our two sets of proposals, conducted quickly, to determine if there is common ground for a solution.

“Significant changes that address the fundamental issues at the heart of the protocol, including governance, must be made if we are to agree to a lasting settlement that is supported by Northern Ireland.”

The EU plan also includes a 50 percent cut in customs formalities required to move products to Northern Ireland from Britain.

In return, the trade bloc demanded that safeguards be put in place to provide additional assurances that products supposedly destined for Northern Ireland do not end up crossing the Irish border.

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