THE GOVERNMENT’S contingency plans for the Irish border would bring trade to a standstill, according to the FTA.

Seamus Leheny, FTA’s NI policy manager says the plans could have more wide reaching impacts on NI’s economy in the event of a No Deal departure from the EU.

Under the proposed plans, no tariffs, checks or controls would be implemented on goods entering NI via the land border, this is in stark contrast to the tariffs being applied to goods arriving at mainland ports like Dover and Holyhead.

The situation would also raise the distinct possibility that NI could be used as a back channel for EU goods to enter the GB market, without payment of tariffs or imposition of controls.