New Brexit checks begin on goods arriving into NI from Great Britain
The first freight checks required under the terms of Brexit’s economic seaborder between Great Britain and Northern Ireland have taken place.
The end ofthe transition period late on New Year’s Eve brought into force thecontentious Northern Ireland Protocol, which sees the region operate underdifferent regulatory and customs arrangements to the rest of the UK.
NorthernIreland is remaining in the single market for goods and is applying EU customsrules at its ports.
A look at the key figures and dates in the world of politics on February 4 after First Minister Arlene Foster said the Northern Ireland Protocol risks the country’s “political and economic links” to the UK and called for it to be replaced.
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The European Union on Friday abruptly reversed a plan to use emergency Brexit measures to restrict exports of COVID-19 vaccines from crossing the Irish border into the United Kingdom. Edward Baran reports
Stormont First Minister Arlene Foster branded the EU’s triggering of Article16 of Brexit’s Northern Ireland Protocol to stop unfettered flow ofinoculations from the EU into the region an “incredible act of hostility”. MsFoster spoke with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Cabinet Office ministerMichael Gove about the issue on Friday evening, and called for a “robustresponse” from the UK Government.
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Social media giant Facebook recently revealed that over 1.4 billion voice and video calls were made on New Year's Eve 2020 globally, the most ever in a single day on WhatsApp. According to Mashable, WhatsApp calling increased over 50 per cent compared to the same day last year. Facebook announced the details on its blog where it gave a breakdown of how people all across the globe used its apps to celebrate the New Year together even when apart due to the pandemic restrictions.