Under deal goods can be given friction-free passage to Dublin via Dover and Holyhead
Ireland is hoping to seal a special Brexit side deal in Brussels allowing it to continue using the UK as a “land bridge” for goods in transit to Dublin without border checks, a senior Irish tax official has revealed.
Under the special deal being discussed, goods from the continent would undergo checks in Calais. The freight containers would then be sealed and given free passage to Dublin via Dover and Holyhead.
“There are negotiations going on at EU level where the regulatory check would have been done in France and we are hopeful that [those goods] will be sealed and can travel through the UK and come to Ireland then,” said Carol-Ann O’Keeffe, an assistant principal of corporate affairs and customs division at Revenue, Ireland’s equivalent of HMRC.