EU Presses UK To Move On Irish Border VAT, Customs Checks

Law360 (October 19, 2020, 8:38 PM EDT) -- European Union leaders urged the U.K. on Monday to set up a means for conducting customs and value-added-tax checks at Britain's border with Ireland before Jan. 1 if talks fail to produce a post-Brexit free trade deal.

The European Commission, the EU executive arm, issued a statement expressing concern about the potential absence of border checks, after discussions Thursday and Friday yielded no progress on key aspects of the bloc's future relations with the U.K. The country will leave the EU at the end of the year.

The commission "strongly reiterated the need for the U.K. to substantially accelerate work on...

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