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UK government wants to end post-Brexit checks between Britain and Northern Ireland

The UK government is introducing legislation to terminate post-Brexit checks on goods moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This development is part of an initiative to streamline trade and address concerns surrounding the Withdrawal Act. The proposed changes include amending the Withdrawal Act, resulting in the automatic exclusion of EU law in Northern Ireland. This is mentioned by Sky News.

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The details of these legislative changes are laid out in an 80-page government document, which also encompasses a deal aimed at reinstating power-sharing at Stormont. The document is structured into three parts: one detailing legal modifications and their implications, an annex focusing on the constitutional context, and another annex outlining additional measures to strengthen Northern Ireland's position within the UK.

These additional measures involve the establishment of an East-West Council, the creation of a new trade body, and an annual UK cabinet meeting held in Northern Ireland.

While the modifications will have repercussions, sources close to negotiations suggest that they "will come as no surprise" to Brussels, as they have been kept informed throughout the process. A Commons vote on the legislative details is anticipated in the coming days.


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