United Kingdom government publishes temporary tariff regime for no-deal Brexit

UK Government announces temporary tariffs

The UK government said in a statement that in the event of a no-deal Brexit - which means Britain crashing out of the European Union without an agreement and therefore creating a vacuum of where there are no set rules and regulations for businesses to adhere to - the regime is intended to "minimise costs to business and consumers while protecting vulnerable industries". The tariff on imported textiles will also be slashed by 90%.

"The government is committed to entering into discussions with the European Commission and the Irish government as a matter of urgency", it said.

It comes as MPs plot to finally rule out a no-deal Brexit today when the Commons is ask to vote on the outcome.

Irish goods entering the Northern Ireland market will not face tariffs in a no deal Brexit. "The tariff plans emphasise why a no deal Brexit must be avoided".

The government said it would not apply a tariff regime and customs border on goods transiting across the land border from Ireland to Northern Ireland but admitted that this created a "potential for exploitation" if those goods are then transported across the sea to mainland Britain for sale.

Rates include beef (53 per cent of MFN), poultry meat (60 per cent), sheep meat (100 per cent), pig meat (13 per cent), butter (32 per cent), Cheddar-like cheese (13 per cent), protected fish and seafood products (100 per cent) and milled and semi-milled products (83 per cent).

He argued that businesses may not comply with new legal obligations in a no-deal scenario "leading to the likelihood of a step change in the scale and significance of smuggling and organised crime".

The government recognises that Northern Ireland's businesses and farmers will have concerns about the impact that the government's approach will have on their competitiveness.

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Small businesses trading across the border will be able to report Value-Added Tax online without any new processes at the border.

It is possible that while Irish products would enter Northern Ireland tariff free, products moving in the other direction would face tariffs.

There will be new United Kingdom import requirements such as document checks and registration for a small number of goods such as endangered species and hazardous chemicals which are subject to worldwide agreements.

'The measures announced today recognise the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland.

The call from businesses in Northern Ireland since the vote to leave the European Union referendum has been for an end to uncertainty.

Goods crossing the border from Ireland into Northern Ireland would not be covered by the new import tariff regime.

The decision to refrain from checks at the Irish border would be temporary while longer term solutions were negotiated.

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