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Tyre and Rubber Recycling, a British magazine, shared its views on affairs surrounding hotly debated Brexit and its possible impact on tire recycling. However, the magazine’s editorial team highlighted that neither British members of parliament, nor special observers including their staff writers, can be hundred percent sure as for the outcomes of Brexit when making their forecasts.

The country is now divided – some people are against Brexit, and some support the idea of leaving the EU and being completely freed from EU laws in trading. Nevertheless, the group of Brexit supporters are ignorant, as the EU demands obedience of its laws if any state wants to trade with it, as emphasized by Tyre and Rubber Recycling.

The magazine further stressed that once the EU and the UK part company, British side will be challenged with the problem of waste shipping, as the UK won’t be able to legitimately export tonnages of tire-derived materials anymore passing two biggest European ports – in Antwerp and Amsterdam.

What makes it difficult to British waste exporters – the issue of waste does not draw a lot of attention from politicians and this problem hasn’t been properly discussed yet.

Despite the fact that the trade in casings and used tires is permitted, it is close to impossible now to import materials, labelled as waste, into the EU in a legal way. Given that end-of-life tires are falling into the category of waste, it is unknown whether end-of-life tires from the UK will be allowed to enter the EU once new regulations take place. It can be assumed that the logistics of handling of end-of-life tires may face certain challenges if the waste will not be permitted to enter the EU. Alternatively, tariff may be imposed, which will increase the cost for the end user.

Currently, the UK and the EU are working on an ongoing issue: the Republic of Ireland has introduced an EPR plan. According to the plan, the South and the Northern Ireland have certain degree of difference in their recycling fee, as the latter state is a part of the UK’s free market recovery system.

A number of industry representatives from both states are now foreseeing a turmoil in the areas located close to the border – retailers from the Southern part may move their trade to North, as they will be able to replace their tires paying lower fee. However, Tire and Rubber Recycling doesn’t believe that some owners of such businesses, as family saloons based in Dublin, will drive to Northern Ireland to change its tires for the sake of negligible savings.

It is also unclear how high tire sales throughout Ireland are, as no statistics of tire shipping from the UK to Northern Ireland exists. And tax authorities should definitely be aware of any cross-border trade. Such trend has been existing for a number of years, and it is likely to remain even once the border is open.

In addition, there is a chance that traders would ship tires for clearance to the North, as they could go to the Southern part and take a fee, failing to register it with the EPR body, REPAK. This may lead to a tax evasion for the Republic of Ireland and a dumping problem to the Northern Ireland. Thus, the magazine claims that there is no resolution to tackle the issue of Irish/UK border.

As for the other parts of the UK, Scotland is likely to remain in position of seeking independence. If independence eventually takes place, the UK government will prohibit an open border with it and will introduce immigration controls and customs inspections.

Ireland can be promised that the return to the hard border will never happen and Irish passport holders will be able to move freely between the UK and Ireland. However, if there is no hard border, EU citizens will be able to get access to open trade door into the UK via Ireland.

What Ireland has in common with the UK is no terrestrial border with Europe exists there. Thus, it will be easy to manage border controls at the points of entry into Ireland. It was proposed earlier by several British Members of Parliament that the right to manage points of entry in Ireland should be passed to the UK – it would solve problems of trade and immigration. Not surprisingly, the Irish parliament didn’t like the proposal, as it would restrict their sovereignty.

It should be kept in mind that the UK is facing a very shaky period, politically, thus only time will show whether these forecasts will come true.

Article source: Tyre and Rubber Recycling

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