Belfast Telegraph, February 7
A pro-Brexit think tank has today announced what it claims is a solution to the Irish Sea border problems caused by the Northern Ireland protocol.
The Centre for Brexit Policy’s ‘Mutual Enforcement’ proposal would see the UK and EU agree to recognise each other’s standards in goods and services in law.
It says this would mean customs officials would no longer be required to check goods going between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The Centre for Brexit Policy is headed by former Tory Northern Ireland secretary Owen Paterson, with East Antrim DUP MP and staunch Brexiteer Sammy Wilson also among the directors.
Announcing the proposal, backed by former Ulster Unionist leader Lord Trimble, it said: “The border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, together with the abuse and misuse of the Good Friday Agreement, has been used as the Trojan horse by which the EU has sought to undermine the UK’s attempt to gain back sovereignty. Under Mutual Enforcement, checks only need to take place on exports which cross the border between the EU and UK thus protecting UK sovereignty.
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