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Ports in Northern Ireland with physical posts are set for funding ahead of the UK’s exit from the EU, a Stormont committee has been told.
According to the Press Association, Junior Minister Declan Kearney told the committee that the Executive had been given a briefing by officials on Monday on the latest stage of Brexit negotiations between the UK government and the EU.
He went on to say that the London government has “confirmed that it will urgently put in place detailed plans with the Executive, which does include the physical posts at ports of entry”.
Northern Ireland is set to continue to follow EU single market rules on agricultural and manufactured goods after Brexit, while the rest of the UK will stop following these rules at the end of 2020.
“They have signalled that in order to implement the protocol for January 1 in a way that we all want which is of course is to avoid disruption to trade,” Mr Kearney told the committee.
“Delivery on that infrastructure needs to start as soon as possible, and the British government has indicated that it will provide advice on the requirements and the funding to put that in place.”
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Ports and airports need urgent help to endure the coronavirus crisis, Northern Ireland’s Stormont ministers said.
They asked Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to introduce special measures.
Commercial air travel has dwindled with the demise of Flybe and easyJet’s decision to ground its entire fleet.
Freight operators using ferries have expressed mounting concern about the viability of services when there are fewer return loads available.
I will continue to press for critical support to protect our economy and most importantly our community at this difficult time
Northern Ireland Finance Minister Conor Murphy said: “It was a productive phone call with Grant Shapps and Secretary of State, Brandon Lewis.
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Afloat adds asides Belfast Harbour and the Port of Larne, there are commercial ports located in London/Derry (Foyleport), Coleraine and Warrenpoint.