Why does the UK want to remove medicines from the scope of the Northern Ireland protocol?

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Jul 22, 2021 07:16 PM 0 Answers
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I've read on the BBC that the UK is seeking to renegotiate the NI protocol with the EU (which is part of the Brexit deal). I can understand why the UK sees some of the provisions as burdensome, but I'm not sure I see why it seeks to "remove medicines entirely from the scope of the protocol". Medicines are among the most controlled things on earth in terms of imports/exports and general paperwork involved anywhere, even internally in a country. It's also not the case that they are manufactured by a mom-and-pop business that can't afford a compliance department. So I'm not sure why the UK thinks medicines in particular are extraordinarily burdened by NI protocol provisions. Can someone explain, preferably with the UK's own talking points?

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