BBC's Katya Adler pulls rug from under EU in Brexit analysis: 'Why did it take so long?'

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BBC's Katya Adler pulls rug from under EU in Brexit analysis: 'Why did it take so long?'

BBC Europe Editor Ms Adler took to Twitter this afternoon to question the EU’s role in presenting proposals to considerably reduce checks on goods,

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BBC Europe Editor Ms Adler took to Twitter this afternoon to question the EU’s role in presenting proposals to considerably reduce checks on goods, animal produce and plants between Britain and Northern Ireland. The suggested scheme from the EU will see up to 50 percent of customs checks on goods being lifted.

Brussels’ plan will also see more than half the checks on meat and plants entering Northern Ireland being scrapped.

Ms Adler, a British journalist, blasted the EU by querying why there was a delay from them in suggesting the changes that would improve the lives of civilians in Northern Ireland following Britain’s departure from the trading bloc.

She wrote: “If EU now presenting proposals to considerably reduce checks on goods, animal produce and plants travelling from GB to N Ireland – why have they waited this long to take this action, easing life in post Brexit NIreland you might ask?”

Ms Adler then went on to respond to her own question by addressing the delay to the system which will allow goods to circulate more easily, without the delay of checks.

She claims that the hold-up is due to the EU lacking access to a UK database which outlines the end destination of dispatched goods.

This information will aid what items will still be subject to scrutiny at the border.

She said: “[The] Answer in EU circles is that they’ve long been waiting to be given access to UK databases – allowing the EU to better see which goods etc destined for N Ireland ONLY and which for onward travel into Ireland and rest of EU single market – and therefore subject to checks/closer scrutiny says EU.”

Her comments come as the proposal opens up a series of suggested options for imports including a list of products that will be exempt from EU law that currently prevents their import.

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The scrapping of goods checks also comes after the UK’s Brexit minister David Frost issued a stark warning to the EU if changes weren’t made to the existing Northern Ireland Protocol.

He said it would be a “historic misjudgment” if the EU did not consider scrapping and replacing the current arrangement which has disrupted trade within the UK between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Brussels’ offer also aims to address claims made by the Prime Minister earlier this year, that over a fifth of all checks on the perimeter of the 27-member state EU bloc are conducted at the regulatory border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

In June, Boris Johnson claimed that the European Union was being “excessively burdensome” by enforcing trade checks included in the Northern Ireland Brexit deal.

Speaking at the G7 summit in Cornwall, Mr Johnson told the BBC: “You will understand that there are ways of enforcing the protocol, ways of making it work, that may be excessively burdensome.”

He added that “20 percent of the checks conducted across the whole of the perimeter of the EU are now done in Northern Ireland, three times as many as happen in Rotterdam”.



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