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Claims made at first meeting of Belfast City Council's Brexit committee
The first order of business was a motion of support for the so-called backstop option. The EU has proposed a backstop which would mean the North remaining with the EU customs union, large parts of the single market and the EU VAT system.
The SDLP and Alliance Party backed the motion with minor amendments.
The motion was passed by 10 votes to 7, with Sinn Féin, the SDLP and Alliance voting for, while the DUP, UUP and PUP voted against.
while we're at it ...
Later in the meeting, Ulster Unionist councillor Jeffrey Dudgeon proposed that the committee review the role of Belfast's Port Health Unit following the UK's departure from the EU.

"The Port Health Unit at Belfast Harbour Estate is currently approved to act on behalf of the EU as a Designated Point of Entry," his proposal reads. ... Given the changes after Brexit when the Unit may have to inspect direct imports from all the current EU states, as well as non-EU countries, the proposed review of its role and options will need to involve forward planning for various outcomes."

The border dividing Ireland will be abandoned by one of two methods.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Aug 9th, 2018 at 09:51:18 PM EST
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