PM calls on EU to tackle Brexit issues in Northern Ireland on eve of new paper | Britain’s exit from the European Union
Boris Johnson called on the EU to “address the serious issues that have arisen” with Brexit in Northern Ireland just hours before he published a blueprint aimed at Protocol re-engineering He signed up in 2019.
He was speaking to Michel Martin on the eve of the publication of the Brexit Minister, David Frost, an “order paper” about northern Ireland protocol.
The paper, described by sources as ‘meaningful’ and ‘important’, is expected to be robust and will reconsider the UK’s desire to scrap inspections of merchandise ranging from car parts to fresh foods including sausages.
Lord Frost told a House of Commons selection committee on Monday that the European Union had begun discussing the UK’s proposal for a veterinary deal based on maintaining similar standards for animals and food.
This was previously dismissed as a solution but Frost said it was “very good” and the EU had begun to look at it.
But such a deal could mean serious loopholes in other areas about border inspections, which Frost is expected to fill in with an order sheet published at lunchtime on Wednesday.
So far, the EU has urged the UK to sign the so-called veterinary agreement, which it said would mean 80% of the checks on trade between West and East across the Irish Sea will be canceled, but only if the UK is dynamically allied with the EU. Rules Book.
In turn, the UK has called on the EU to soften what it claims is an inflexible approach.
A Downing Street spokesman said Johnson told Irish Council that the protocol was “causing significant disruption” and that pragmatism was necessary to resolve the post-Brexit issue.
The spokesperson said of Johnson’s phone call with Martin: “He made clear the UK government’s commitment to this Belfast Protection [Good Friday] an agreement in all its dimensions.
He said that the EU must show pragmatism and solutions to deal with the serious challenges that have arisen with the Protocol.
A taoiseach spokesperson told Johnson that UK statements on the protocol would be carefully considered, but stressed the importance of the EU-UK framework for issues related to the protocol.
Peter Sherlow, Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool, has called on negotiators on both sides to stop using Good Friday Agreement As a negotiating tool if a party’s commitment is in doubt
“The protection of the global common agreement cannot be rhetorical,” he said.
In a 74-page report on the northern region Ireland The Protocol, “in response to tensions or the enactment of opportunity,” said: “We need political maturity and political actors should use the Protocol as a reset moment in which they chart a vision for the National Institute and thus for the Irish economy and Britain. “