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New Brexit Deal Agreed

A new Brexit deal has been agreed between the UK and EU negotiating teams.

President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker said: “the negotiators reached an agreement on a revised Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and on a revised Political Declaration on 17 October 2019. Both were endorsed by the European Commission. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom also signalled his approval of these documents to me today.”

The deal states that EU regulations will apply to all goods in Northern Ireland, meaning there will be checks at the border. Northern Ireland will remain in the UK’s customs territory, but will also be an entry point into the single market, so UK tariffs will apply to goods coming from third countries as long as they aren’t at risk of entering the single market. If they are, EU tariffs will apply.

The plan maintains the integrity of the single market by following EU rules on VAT policy.

There will be a consent mechanism, where four years after the arrangement starts, the Northern Ireland assembly will decide if it will stay by a simple majority. The revised withdrawal agreement can be read in full, here. A revised Political Declaration, declaring the framework for the UK and EU’s future relationship can be found here.

Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn has said he believes this to be “a worse deal than Theresa May[‘s]… It won’t bring the country together and should be rejected.”

The Democratic Unionist Party have said: “As things stand, we could not support what is being suggested on customs and consent issues and there is a lack of clarity on VAT. We will continue to work with the Government to try and get a sensible deal that works for Northern Ireland and protects the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom.”