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Brexit: What policy changes will effect UK potato trade with Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland?

Upon the 31 December 2020, the UK transition period for leaving the European Union (EU) will end, paving the way for new trading arrangements. Consequently, the way Great Britain (GB) exports to both Northern Ireland (NI) and the Republic of Ireland (ROI) will change, irrespective of the deal negotiations outcome.

Also, the UK has not yet been granted third country equivalence, which means that exports of fresh potatoes from the UK face regulatory barriers halting trade.

This article, authored by AHDB analyst Megan Hesketh, endeavours to cover the key policies that will effect trade with the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. There is a second article looking more specifically at trade with the Republic of Ireland.

What is the Northern Ireland (NI) Protocol?

As part of the NI Protocol, NI will continue to follow the EU

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