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Detailed guide: Moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021

Cabinet Office

September 4
15:57 2020

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The Northern Ireland Protocol

The Northern Ireland Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement was designed as a practical solution to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, whilst ensuring that the UK, including Northern Ireland, could leave the EU as a whole.

The UKs approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol outlines how the protocol can be implemented in a way that would protect the interests of the people and economy of Northern Ireland, ensure the effective working of the UKs internal market, provide appropriate protection for the EU Single Market and uphold the rights of all Northern Irelands citizens.

Until negotiations with the EU conclude, there will be some areas without complete certainty, but full guidance will be provided by the end of the transition period.

Published 10 July 2020
Last updated 4 September 2020 +show all updates
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