Brian Daly, Head of Brexit, outlines elements of the Withdrawal Agreement which are designed to achieve frictionless trade on the island of Ireland and maintain North-South cooperation:
- The maintenance of the Common Travel Area between Ireland and the UK.
- Regulatory alignment on agricultural products and industrial goods (note that this does not extend to services).
- Northern Ireland should benefit from both membership of the EU’s Customs Union and membership of the UK’s Customs territory.
- Northern Ireland should remain part of the UK VAT area but EU VAT rules concerning goods will continue to apply in NI.
- An all island Single Electricity Market will be maintained.