Do Ireland and the United Kingdom have a trade alliance similar to NAFTA or USMCA?

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    Not a trade deal, but they do have the Common Travel Area which covers free movement, employment, visas, etc.
    – Stuart F
    Oct 27, 2022 at 8:57

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No. Prior to Brexit the UK and Ireland were in the EU single market. Post Brexit the UK is a third country while Ireland remains in the EU. The UK has to negotiate a bilateral trade deal with the EU as a whole and not Ireland individually.

The UK, EU trade deal is an ongoing point of contention specifically around the details for UK, or more specifically Northern Ireland, and Ireland.

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    – CDJB
    Nov 1, 2022 at 11:16

While it is not a full trade agreement, the Northern Ireland protocol, part of the treaty governing the leave of the EU by the United Kingdom, has a number of articles (4–8) that deal with similar objectives.

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