Are we moving towards a new conflict between London and Brussels? At risk, again and again, is the popular Northern Irish protocol, which is an important part of the Brexit Accord, which establishes a customs border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. However, the Johnson government approved it at the end of 2019, but has been seeking to negotiate again since 2021 and now threatens to abandon its entire territory – in defiance of its international obligations, Brussels warns.
On Thursday, May 12, following a telephone conversation with Maros Chefkovic, the deputy chairman of the commission responsible for Brexit, British Foreign Secretary Liz Tussauds promised to visit the United Kingdom. “Forced to act” If the European Union (EU) continues to manifest itself “Inflexible” In Northern Irish protocol. Over the past few days, the British government has signaled its readiness to unilaterally repeal the mandatory tariff restrictions on all goods intended in the Irish Sea, with a bill to be tabled in the General Assembly early next week. For sale in Northern Ireland (and not for transport to the Republic of Ireland, a member of the European Union).
According to TimesThe British Attorney General, Suella Brewerman, even sent a legal opinion to Downing Street, stating that the repeal of part of the London Code would be legal because its application was to the European Union. “Unequal”. “Proposals from Brussels [pour aménager le protocole] Do not go far enough and sometimes take a step back. We have not yet made that decision, but the situation is dire. “ A Downing Street spokesman warned Thursday.
Maros Sefcovic warned Brussels on Thursday “I will not review the protocol” And London will not withdraw the unilateral decision “Unacceptable”. He also lamented that London had so far failed to show “Political preference” It is necessary to implement this customs arrangement “Honesty” Of the Johnson Government.
In fact, in October 2021, the Commission proposed a 80% reduction in health and plant hygiene restrictions on British food, plant and animal products imposed on Northern Ireland, and a 50% reduction in tariffs. “Expressway” For these products. It also changed the rules for the long-term supply of medicines from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. “We are heading towards a crisisSays Renew MEP Nathalie Loiseau. The British want us to undo the negative effects of Brexit, it is not possible. ⁇
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