LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will resist any additional divergence in laws between Northern Ireland and the remainder of the United Kingdom that is likely to be proposed to clean commerce throughout the Irish border, Chancellor Philip Hammond mentioned on Wednesday.
Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond leaves 11 Downing Street in London, Britain, July 2, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
“We have historically some divergences in regulations between GB (Great Britain) and Northern Ireland, particularly around phytosanitary animal health protection,” Hammond instructed reporters at a Bombardier (BBDb.TO) aerospace manufacturing facility within the province.
“I think people would be willing to see those arrangements maintained. But I think there would be a strong resistance to creating any new areas of divergence in regulations between Northern Ireland and GB,” he added.
Hammond added that the United Kingdom was “well positioned” to get a very good deal in Brexit talks, and that he didn’t consider there was a authorized foundation to delay Britain leaving the European Union, which is because of happen on March 29 subsequent yr.
Reporting by David Milliken