Britain is planning to install a hard border in Ireland

Britain is planning to install a hard border in Ireland

With just weeks to go to the Brexit deadline the UK environment secretary Michael Gove has told UK farmers the government will apply tariffs to food imports to protect British farmers if there’s a no deal Brexit.

Gove was speaking to the National Farmers Conference in Birmingham and was responding specifically to reports that Britain would operate a zero tariff regime in order to secure frictionless trade in a no-deal scenario.  This was “not accurate”  he said, adding the actual rates will be announced soon.

“One thing I can reassure you it will not be the case that we will have zero rate tariffs on products, there will be protections for sensitive sections of agriculture and food production,”

And while his comments were in the context of urging farmers to persuade their MP’s to vote for Theresa May’s deal the only possible implication is that if they don’t, and there is a no deal, Britain is planning for a hard border in Ireland.

The focus of his comments were on Calais and also the implications of slowing up delivery of trade but if its going to happen there it’ll happen here too.