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Irish border: UK expert panel to advise on post-Brexit arrangements

Irish border: UK expert panel to advise on post-Brexit arrangements

The UK government has appointed a panel of experts to advise on alternative arrangements for the Irish border after Brexit.

Alternative arrangements refers to ways of maintaining a soft border without close regulatory alignment between the UK and the EU.

It is normally used to refer to technical or technological solutions.

A group of Brexit-supporting MPs has already set up its own alternative arrangements commission which is due to report on Monday.

However, the government group has a more diverse membership including people from Northern Ireland.

It includes assistant chief constable Tim Mairs from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and Katy Hayward from Queen’s University, Belfast.

There are also representatives from Northern Ireland business groups.

It will be chaired by Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay and Financial Secretary to the Treasury Jesse Norman.