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On 10 December the Co-Chairs of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee reached an agreement in principle to address the outstanding issues related to the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement, in particular the Northern Ireland Protocol.

The Northern Ireland Protocol Command Paper outlines further details; as well as further information on the UK Government’s work to implement the Protocol and support businesses as it comes into force. This paper was laid in Parliament on 10 December.

The decisions contained in the Co-Chairs agreement in principle were agreed to at the Joint Committee meeting on 17 December.

There is also information available on Northern Ireland Executive owned sites where policy is devolved, for example, the NI Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Landing Page.

The government has launched the free-to-use Trader Support Service which will help businesses and traders prepare for the changes that will affect your business if you move goods into and out of Northern Ireland.

Register for the Trader Support Service

The Movement Assistance Scheme will help businesses to meet new requirements for moving animals, plants and associated products from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. This includes advice to businesses through a dedicated helpline and means traders will not need to pay certification costs.

Get support for your business

Trader support

Movement Assistance Scheme

Customs, VAT, Excise

For more in-depth details of how this will affect:

  • Regulation of goods including manufactured goods
  • Agri-food and drink
  • Environmental standards
  • Medicines and healthcare

Please follow this link to the GOV.UK website.