News / UK and world by Press Association October 12, 2018, 2:09 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter The Northern Ireland “backstop” has emerged as the main stumbling block in the Brexit negotiations. What is the backstop? The backstop is intended to be a temporary arrangement to ensure there is no return of a “hard border” between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Britain leaves the EU in March 2019 while the two sides negotiate a free trade deal. Why is it needed? The EU says Britain’s decision to leave the single market and the customs union means that until there is a trade deal, checks on goods crossing to and from the UK will be necessary in order to prevent exporters circumventing EU tariffs and customs controls. So how would it work? Under the EU plan, Northern Ireland would effectively remain part of the single market and the customs union – and subject to their rules … [Read more...] about The Northern Ireland ‘backstop’ – all you need to know
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At a port inspection facility on the Northern Ireland coast is the cow that could save the Brexit deal. The cattle compromise could unlock the backstop - a bovine Brexit breakthrough. Much rests on the shoulders of Daisy and friends.I first heard of this facility in Larne six months ago. But finally we had the opportunity to visit.Extraordinarily, the finer details of the operation of a facility operated by 14 people do matter in the last stages of a Brexit deal.The key is that the checks here for veterinary health and disease management occur mainly on the cargo arriving from within the United Kingdom. They are "Great Britain-Northern Ireland" or "East-West" or what might be called "Irish Sea" checks on trade.Jonathan Guy is one of the top vets at the Northern Ireland Department for Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Affairs, who operate the facility on land rented from the port operators.He shows me the offloading facility. 100% of the approximately 10,000 cattle and 30,000 … [Read more...] about Larne: The Northern Ireland port town that’s Brexit in a microcosm
This week, Theresa May is attending an EU summit in Salzburg, Austria. With Brexit looming, the question of the Irish border has been left unanswered. While Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar and May have sparred on this most contentious of issues, a question remains: where is the Northern Ireland First Minister? … [Read more...] about Where is the Northern Ireland government ?
IRELAND'S historic referendum saw millions voting to remove the country's ban on abortions. Thousands of Irish citizens living overseas flocked back to the Emerald Isle to exercise their democratic right to vote. So are abortions legal now? What are Northern Ireland abortion laws? Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that does not hold the 1967 Abortion Act. Abortion is illegal except where a woman's life is at risk or there is a permanent or serious danger to her mental or physical health. Anyone who unlawfully carries out an abortion could be jailed for life. The Northern Ireland Assembly voted in February 2016 against legalising abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and rape or incest. Are abortions illegal in Northern Ireland? In 2017, 16 abortions were carried out in Northern Ireland,on exceptional circumstances. But women's rights groups estimate that each year, around 1,000 women are forced to travel to Britain for terminations. On June 7, campaigners lost a … [Read more...] about What are the Northern Ireland abortion laws, are abortions illegal and will the law change after the Ireland referendum result?
0 Comments Pictured: The Northern Ireland farmer who stole neighbour's cows BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A BANGOR farmer has been found guilty of stealing five pedigree cows from a neighbouring farm worth £12,250. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sunday-life/pictured-the-northern-ireland-farmer-who-stole-neighbours-cows-36925874.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article36929172.ece/05577/AUTOCROP/h342/susl.jpg Email A BANGOR farmer has been found guilty of stealing five pedigree cows from a neighbouring farm worth £12,250. Wesley Henderson (41) had contested the five charges of stealing a cow at Ards Magistrates' Court last week claiming CCTV showed an intruder in the shed where the cows were found. He also denied charges of transferring animal ear tags without permission from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in November 2016. A prosecutor said it was agreed between the defence and prosecution that five pedigree calves from the … [Read more...] about Pictured: The Northern Ireland farmer who stole neighbour’s cows