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Doesn't use local suppliers but pays tribute to them....??? :rolleyes:o_O



Doesn't use local suppliers yet NI-produced eggs make up 70% of all egg sales in UK and Ireland M&S stores....:eek:


Doesn't use local suppliers but works to secure RSPCA-assurance for NI dairy farms that supply it with milk?? :unsure::whistle:



Suffice to say I've demonstrated that you haven't a clue..
Using a black eye emoji? Excuse me
 

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The idea is to diversify away from dependency on GB.

The EU has rules in relation to the single market.

This means change.

You can't have it both ways. The alternative is a border on the island, returning to pre single market, and NI returning to being a pimple on Britain's arse accepting the scraps.

Which do you prefer?
I prefer no trade barrier and a democratic vote on this protocol in Northern Ireland
 

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There’s plenty of products made in GB, exported to NI supermarket. This M&S chicken for example is made in East Anglia and packaged in Thetford.

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All British produce and food choices we shouldn’t lose out of anti British bitterness.
 

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The downsides of the Northern Ireland protocol became obvious at the start of this year, even if they should have been clear before then. However, the political fall out is disguising the opportunities that this unusual situation also presents for Northern Ireland.

In chafing under the protocol, the major parties are ignoring how they might exploit the real opening that is there to benefit the Northern economy through its unique dual access to both the British and the EU markets.


 

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John Lewis has said it is intent on resuming deliveries to Northern Ireland after tweaking its IT system to distinguish between goods meant for here and goods meant for Great Britain.

It comes as unionist unrest over the Irish Sea border continues and the EU-UK joint committee on the Northern Ireland Protocol meets this afternoon to discuss whether grace periods waiving customs and regulatory checks on goods travelling from Great Britain can be extended.

Despite an exemption from customs procedures until April on parcels worth under £135, John Lewis stopped sending packages to Northern Ireland at the end of last year.

 
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The idea is to diversify away from dependency on GB.

The EU has rules in relation to the single market.

This means change.

You can't have it both ways. The alternative is a border on the island, returning to pre single market, and NI returning to being a pimple on Britain's arse accepting the scraps.

Which do you prefer?
Interesting that it's an either / or question.

I don't think the EU understand Northern Ireland at all. Politics here is a delicate balance of compromises.

I'm prepared to compromise and accept a trade border in the Irish Sea but in return I expect the EU to make compromises to make east west trade within the UK as frictionless as possible.

At present their answer to any issue seems to be more bureaucracy rather than less.
 

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I'm prepared to compromise and accept a trade border in the Irish Sea but in return I expect the EU to make compromises to make east west trade within the UK as frictionless as possible.

At present their answer to any issue seems to be more bureaucracy rather than less.
The EU absolutely have to make compromises. The situation is the EU applying their longstanding rules in regard to relations and trade with 3rd countries and in this instance that just doesn't fit well and is causing friction.

I would disagree the EU don't understand NI, some within the Commission may underestimate the delicate balance but the EU as a whole has a good understanding of the region and have been ardent supporters of both NI and the Belfast Agreement. The Commission however is not quite as nuanced as it needs to be and that's just the result of it being managed and staffed by bureaucrats. That's not unique to the Commission, it's the same in all governing bodies.

The haven't called for more bureaucracy, despite Arlene's assertion last night on the evening news. They want the agreed checks to be conducted properly and afforded access to the data they were told they would have access to to ensure their officials can do their job. They want the UK Government to hold up their end and you can understand why they are hesitant to loosen the protocol when the existing rules aren't being carried out.
 

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Senior EU figures are contemplating a major reset in relations with the UK that would coincide with the formal ratification of the free trade agreement at the end of April, RTÉ News has learned.

The idea would be for both sides to work towards a package of solutions around the outstanding issues of the Northern Ireland Protocol, as well as other areas of tension, such as the status of the EU's delegation to the UK.

Senior figures have confirmed to RTÉ News that a formal, set-piece event marking the ratification of the Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA), which was concluded by both sides on Christmas Eve, could inaugurate a more harmonious relationship.

 
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John Lewis has said it is intent on resuming deliveries to Northern Ireland after tweaking its IT system to distinguish between goods meant for here and goods meant for Great Britain.

It comes as unionist unrest over the Irish Sea border continues and the EU-UK joint committee on the Northern Ireland Protocol meets this afternoon to discuss whether grace periods waiving customs and regulatory checks on goods travelling from Great Britain can be extended.

Despite an exemption from customs procedures until April on parcels worth under £135, John Lewis stopped sending packages to Northern Ireland at the end of last year.

So presumably that infers that we won’t be able to order all that is on the site.
 

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So presumably that infers that we won’t be able to order all that is on the site.
No

Orders in excess of £135 will require a customs declaration. Most retailers haven’t had time to implement that system, hence the problems. it doesn’t help most support staff aren’t office-based currently

The system can be automated and the declaration label printed alongside the shipping label but that takes time and retailers were not afforded that time by the UK Government prior to January.

Customs declarations between GB and NI is purely administrative, there are no costs for the NI customer in terms of tariffs or fees. The problem is some companies are taking advantage and massive hiking some charges for NI companies. That can be addressed though with a fair trade legislation that mandates GB-based retailers serve NI on an equal basis and not charge delivery costs beyond reasonable.
 

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Interesting. Does that mean they are stopping operation at Aldergrove, or operating from both.

Interesting too that when Ryanair previously pulled out of the city in 2010, they cited the fact the runway wasn't long enough. Now apparently it is long enough, despite not a single new square millimetre of runway being built.
 

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The rethoric of some politicians needs to be reigned in. It's not good to be winding people up. The politicians won't be the ones getting the criminal records.
That also doesn’t infer lying from politicians to keep people in the dark. It also doesn’t infer a deliberate lack of effort in acknowledging the negative impacts of this protocol as some sort of propaganda effort.

Remember this Peace Process is a democratic one.
 

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Interesting. Does that mean they are stopping operation at Aldergrove, or operating from both.

Interesting too that when Ryanair previously pulled out of the city in 2010, they cited the fact the runway wasn't long enough. Now apparently it is long enough, despite not a single new square millimetre of runway being built.
From both it seems...

 
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