The United Kingdom (UK) government has maintained that it is not “currently considering” copying European Union plans to have a common charging cable for devices.
It should be recalled that the European Union (EU) has provisionally agreed that all portable electronic devices must use a USB Type-C charger by autum of 2024. The EU explained that the move will benefit consumers a great deal.
However, critics have posited that the policy will hurt innovation rather than engender it.
According to the EU and UK officials, under the existing post-Brexit arrangements, the regulation would apply to Northern Ireland.
The December 2021 parliamentary report revealed that the “new requirements may also apply to devices sold in Northern Ireland under the terms of the Northern Ireland protocol in the Brexit agreement, potentially triggering divergence of product standards with the rest of the UK.”
The treaty works by keeping Northern Ireland inside the EU’s single market for goods, while the rest of the UK is outside it.
A row between the UK and EU about how to reform the Northern Ireland protocol remains unresolved.