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Proposal for Skopje Spring Congress 2020 03 - 05 April 2020

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Submitted at Friday, 6. March 2020 um 11:56 Uhr, in category "Chapter 9 – External Relations and Foreign Affairs" with No. 905. Author/s: "Momentum TizenX.

The Skopje Spring Congress 2020 may decide:

Resolution on the situation regarding the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland

Noting that:

  • after the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020.
  • Northern Ireland is a member of the UK thus, it is no longer part of the EU.
  • Ireland, which is not part of the UK, remains a member of the EU.
  • the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland became not only a border between the EU and an external country but also the only land border between the UK and the EU.
  • because of the Troubles, a 30 years-long conflict between the two countries, it is still a sensitive issue
  • the UK is in a transition period until December and has to negotiate a new trading relationship with the EU until 31 December 2020.

Considering that:

  • during the Brexit negotiations, the topic was discussed and the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act deals with it, there are still components that are not decided.
  • the Withdrawal Agreement contains the following resolutions:
  • Northern Ireland continues to follow EU rules on agricultural and manufactured goods along with enforcing the EU's custom checks
  • The rest of the UK does not follow the rules any longer.
  • The Agreement is not temporary, unless the Northern Ireland Assembly votes otherwise.
  • exact details of how trade across the Irish border and between Great Britain and Northern Ireland will work, are not set:
  • to what extent goods have to be checked
  • what paperwork is required, for instance, customs declarations
  • how different the regime for goods going from Great Britain to Northern Ireland compared with the ones going in the other direction
  • tariff rebate system will also have to be designed and be ready for implementation

LYMEC claims for:

  • Carrying out a new trading deal between the EU and the UK until 31 December 2020 which:
  • avoids the prospect of a reestablished hard border with Ireland;
  • at the same time does not treat Northern Ireland significantly different, then the rest of the UK.
  • The currently existing trading deals and modells can serve as examples, but some adjustments need to be made.
  • Based on the Norwegian model: The UK accepts Single Market rules and parallel institutions but negotiates a new arrangement on freedom of movement and greater input on devising regulation.
  • Based on the Canadian model: the aim is better access for services and provisions for enhanced regulatory co-operation to minimise trade barriers.
  • Based on the Ukraine model: participation in the Single Market is allowed in those sectors which are aligned and subjected to oversight.
  •  → to consider the reception of the suitable elements of these models in order to create an ideal trade deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union.

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