No. “Re-negotiation” Protocol concluded with the United Kingdom on post-Brexit tariff arrangements in Northern Ireland. In the wake of strong tensions in the British province, it is time to hold in-depth talks on these measures, as the European Commission has rejected the British government’s request to arrange a ban on the matter.
The European camp is ready to continue the conversation “Discover innovative solutions” With London, but “Within the framework of the protocol”, “We will not accept a re-negotiation of the protocol”, European Vice President Maros Sefkovic warned in a statement that these tough negotiations had been approved by the British Parliament. Mr. Chefkovic said he would soon meet with British Foreign Secretary David Frost to discuss the matter.
In order to avoid a border return between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the Northern Irish Protocol effectively creates a customs border between the British province that still benefits from the single European market and the island of Great Britain. This disrupts supply to the territory and sows anger within the Unionist community, which is linked to staying within the UK.
“We can’t continue like this”
After threatening to unilaterally suspend the deal, London, through Secretary of State for European Affairs David Frost, admitted on Wednesday that it was not. “Good moment”. On the other hand, he was asked to come to a re-negotiation “A new existence”.
“We can’t continue like this”, He stressed in the House of Lords, put forward the British demands. “These plans will require a significant change in Northern Ireland protocol.”, That is why “We think we need to accept a ban quickly.”.
According to a document sent to the EU on Wednesday, some actions to this position include extending the existing grace period and disabling the legal action brought by the EU. This solution would have made it possible “Deal with overall issues”, Instead of asking for a long period of time, supported Brandon Lewis, the minister in charge of Northern Ireland, before the delegates.
In the end, the British government asks that provincial goods not be marketed to the European market. “Almost” Without customs restrictions. He wants his standards, and not only EU standards, to be accepted there so that the products can be put into circulation without hindrance.
The EU has always rejected such measures, which they consider to be a threat to the integrity of its market because of the lack of a physical boundary and control in the south between Northern Ireland and Ireland. The purpose of the protocol is precisely to avoid such a boundary, which can compromise peace.
1 will be useful firstThere is In January, the single-market British province and the European Customs Union for goods maintain Northern Ireland by issuing tariff controls on goods separated from Great Britain by sea.
Trade unionists see themselves as betraying and campaigning to abandon ethics. Violent riots injured dozens in April. The doors of the “walls of peace” separating the Catholic and Protestant districts have been set on fire, commemorating years of persecution (about 3,500 people died until the 1998 treaty).
Ireland lends to “creative solutions”
To avoid escalating things, London and Brussels recently concluded A temporary agreement to settle the “sausage war” It was smoking that, until September 30, allowed Britain to send it to the British province for another three months.
But this temporary solution will not solve the basic problem. Supermarket chain Marks & Spencer warned Wednesday that the province will not be able to deliver all the items it normally delivers at Christmas.
On the front line, Ireland said it was ready “Creative Solutions”, But noted that England was “Determined himself” Use these rules to leave the EU.
Joe Biden, who claims to be of Irish origin, has also expressed his concern that he is following the case closely. Anthony Blingen, President of the United States and his Secretary of State “Both are committed to upholding the Good Friday Pact”, US Special Envoy for Climate Chancellor John Kerry told the BBC on Wednesday.