“Political dynamite” if the tariff is applied to Irish food entering the UK
The prospect of tariffs being introduced on Irish food entering the UK, amid a cost of living crisis, would be political dynamite, according to prominent academic Michael Wallace.
Despite the resignation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the UK government is pushing ahead with plans to tear up parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol.
With 33% of all Irish food and drink exports, worth €4.4bn, going to the UK in 2021, many fear the implications of a potential trade war in Europe.
“If the UK were to act on the Northern Ireland protocol in the way it has been said, you will see a strong backlash from the EU against UK products,” said Wallace, a professor of agriculture and agriculture. food economy at UCD.
“It would have a backlash for Ireland because of our reliance on the UK for various agrifood products and feed materials.”
The NI protocol bill is under scrutiny in the House of Commons.
“To what extent would the British government consider impeding the flow of goods to its people?” asked Professor Wallace.
“It is a politically sensitive matter for the UK government to consider inflating food prices further and worsening the current cost of living crisis.
“From what we’ve seen, there have even been delays in terms of introducing Brexit related checks at ports on Irish goods, so I don’t foresee any further action impeding us.”
Following Johnson’s resignation, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said: ‘I would once again like to urge a withdrawal from unilateral action, whether to address the legacy of the past, human rights or protocol. from Northern Ireland.
“We now have the opportunity to return to the true spirit of partnership and mutual respect that is needed to underpin the gains of the Good Friday Agreement.”
On Wednesday, British MPs voted to reject changes to the NI Protocol Bill following a lengthy debate in the House of Commons.
Candidates vying to become the next Tory leader say they remain determined to push him through.
This line-by-line scrutiny should be completed today.