20 January 2020
The Welsh Government has published an independent report completed by the UK Trade Policy Observatory analysing the potential implications for Wales’ external trade as a result of the protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, as set out in the Withdrawal Agreement.
The UKTPO analysis identifies issues that may impinge directly or indirectly on the Welsh economy as a result of the adoption of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland as part of the Withdrawal Agreement and subsequent Bill.
Its findings have identified the main implications for Wales from the Protocol to be:
Professor L. Alan Winters, Director of the UK Trade Policy Observatory and one of the authors of the report said:
Under the Withdrawal Agreement there would need to be checks at the border between Great Britain and Ireland. The extent of these checks is as yet to be determined, but, even using technological solutions, business will incur new costs and increased border infrastructure in Welsh ports will be required.
The report has been published today and its contents are expected to form part of the discussion in a scheduled debate on the Withdrawal Agreement in the Senedd, the National Assembly in Wales, tomorrow.
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