Despite the risks of retaliation from Europeans, the British government on Tuesday threatened to introduce legislation in the coming weeks to reverse the post-Brexit controls that plunged Northern Ireland into a political crisis.
Due to the political deadlock in the British province and disruption of trade between the province and the rest of the UK, London wants to renegotiate deeply the Northern Ireland protocol struck at the time of Brexit with the European Union, which says only that it is ready to live.
After months of fruitless discussions, Liz Truss, head of diplomacy, made it clear to MPs that the government intends to “Introduce a bill in the coming weeks to make changes to the protocol”. “It is not a question of canceling the protocol,” And the proposed legislation would be in line with the UK’s obligations under international law, the minister insisted, on a project that risks provoking anger on the part of the European Union.
“Our preference remains for a negotiated solution with the EU, and along with the introduction of legislation, we remain open to further discussions, if we can achieve the same result through a negotiated settlement.”
The EU has previously warned that rolling back this treaty that Boris Johnson intentionally signed would violate international law and that the UK would expose itself to severe trade retaliation.
” good start “
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that “do you like” answer the question “in a harmonious way with our friends and partners” from the EU, adding however that the UK also needs “insurance” from one “A legislative solution at the same time”. The Conservative leader was speaking during a visit to Northern Ireland, where he tried to persuade various political formations to find a compromise and “back to work”.
Because since the Sinn Fein Republicans’ historic victory in the local elections on May 5, Northern Ireland’s institutions have been at an impasse. The DUP’s unionists refuse to share in the local executive, which was supposed to be shared under the 1998 peace agreement that ended three decades of bloody conflict, known as the “unrest”. They banned the local assembly by refusing to nominate a new candidate.
The Unionists therefore intend to push for an amendment to the Northern Ireland Protocol, the agreement signed between London and Brussels to answer the sensitive question regarding the border between British Northern Ireland and the European Republic of Ireland after Brexit. This text establishes a de facto customs border with Great Britain and threatens, according to it, the place of the province within the United Kingdom with which it is closely related.
Amid the political strife, Unionist Party leader Jeffrey Donaldson has described the government’s announcements as… ” good start “ But he is a student “actions” and not only ” Words “. Sinn Fein Republicans are staunchly opposed to a British bill.
EU must ‘respond by all means’
The Republic of Ireland, a member of the European Union, is concerned about the consequences of a possible British decision. “Any unilateral harmful act”Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin tweeted on Monday, calling for a solution through negotiations.
Ireland’s diplomatic chief, Simon Coveney, expressed his deep regret on Tuesday after Ms.me Gears. “Such unilateral actions relating to a binding international agreement damage confidence and will only make it more difficult to find solutions to genuine concerns.” He said in a statement to the residents of the province about the implementation of the protocol.
European Union “She will have to respond with all the means at her disposal.” The Vice President of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic, warned in a press release, if the United Kingdom carried out its threats.
The bill announced on Tuesday provides for goods to move and remain within the UK via a new green channeland free them from administrative procedures. Goods destined for the EU will continue to be subject to all controls and controls applicable under EU law.
“Companies will be able to choose between meeting UK or EU standards in a new dual regulatory regime.”M said.me Gears. To address EU concerns about protecting the single market, London promises to share more data.
Northern Ireland’s institutions had already been paralyzed for three years, on the back of a financial scandal, before an agreement allowing their work to be restored in January 2020.