Tag Archives: Brexit


Taoiseach Micheál Martin

“There has never been a ban on North-South travel, not will there be.”

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Fianna Fáil Parliamentary meeting, November 29, 2020

This morning.

From 7am, people who live in Northern Ireland faced fines of €100 from Gardaí if caught crossing the Irish border without “a reasonable excuse”.

Via BBC:

The unprecedented step has been taken by the Irish government in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Northern Ireland residents who have to cross the border for essential work or essential purposes, such as seeking medical treatment, will be exempt from fines.

Public health guidance in NI says people “should not travel in or out of Northern Ireland except where it is essential to do so”.

Coronavirus: NI residents face fines for crossing border (BBC)



This morning.

Scrap useless Northern Ireland Protocol, urges Foster, as Johnson threatens EU (Arlene Foster, Daily Telegraph)


Yesterday: Unfettered


Graffiti appeared in Larne last month describing port staff as “targets”

This morning.

Following yesterday’s decision by Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)  to temporarily suspend physical inspections of products of animal origin at Larne and Belfast amid safety concerns.

A DAERA spokesman said: “The situation will be kept under review and in the meantime full documentary checks will continue to be carried out as usual.”

Speaking this morning, Mr Martin said “It’s a very sinister and ugly development. Obviously, we will be doing everything we possibly can to assist them to defuse the situation.”

NI port safety issue ‘a sinister and ugly development’ – Taoiseach (RTÉ)\\

Top pic via Belfast Live

From left: Tom Talbot, Head of Customs Operations, Dublin Port, Hazel Sheridan, Head of Import Controls, Department of Agriculture, Eddie Burke, Brexit Division, Dept of Transport and Declan Hughes, Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

This morning/afternoon.

Government Officials from the Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine, the Department of Transport and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment gave an update on the operation of Dublin Port following the end of the Brexit transition period.


Around 1 in 5 trucks which arrived into Dublin Port in the last 24 hours have faced delays.

Revenue says just under 80 percent of freight arriving into the Port have been allowed to leave without any additional checks, as a result of Brexit.

It says trade is still not as high as it had anticipated, but believes it will increase in the coming days and weeks.

20% Of Trucks Arriving In To Dublin Port Face Delays Arising From Brexit (KFM)



This afternoon.

Via The Guardian:

Percy Pig has emerged as one of the first casualties of Brexit red tape, with Marks & Spencer warning that its famous pink sweets could be hit with new import taxes in Ireland.

The sweets are among the more than 2,000 products sold in M&S food halls that are affected by the “rules of origin” regulations set out in the trade deal struck with the EU.

The rules dictate whether import taxes, called tariffs, must be paid based on where a product’s ingredients come from and where it has been manufactured.

Actually addictive, sweet, sweet porcine.



Percy Pigs in Ireland hit by Brexit red tape as M&S warns of tariffs (The Guardian)


This morning.

Ships carrying haulage containers pass by Poolbeg Lighthouse as Ireland leaves an 11-month Brexit transition period….

Those responsible for transporting goods to or from Britain by ferry are required to create a pre-boarding notification (PBN) on the Customs RoRo Service before the goods start their journey, and in advance of vehicles moving to the departure port…

So there.

Revenue’s advice to minimise customs delays in Irish Sea (RTÉ)


UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson


This afternoon.

Via RTÉ News:

Negotiations on finalising a Brexit trade deal are completed, with European European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen describing the agreement as fair, balanced and right.

Making a statement after negotiations were completed, she said with so much at stake it was a deal worth fighting for.

“Deal is done,” a Downing Street source said. “We have taken back control of our money, borders, laws, trade and our fishing waters.”

“The deal is fantastic news for families and businesses in every part of the UK. We have signed the first free trade agreement based on zero tariffs and zero quotas that has ever been achieved with the EU.”

Fair and balanced Brexit deal reached – von der Leyen (RTÉ)