EU warns Johnson not to accept unilateral withdrawal from Ireland protocol


European Commission vice-president explains that it will undermine ties with the EU and lead to a peace deal in Ulster

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European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefkovic has warned Boris Johnson’s government that the unilateral abandonment of the Ireland Protocol, the most controversial point of the Brexit agreement, “will simply not be accepted” by Brussels. Will weaken ties with the EU and the peace agreement in Ulster.

Sefkovic had a telephonic conversation with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on Thursday, who warned that “near London” protocol at its own risk given the complex political situation created in Northern Ireland following Sinn Fein’s recent election victory. There can be no other option but to replace”. and the resignation of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to participate in a “shared government” (as long as the controversial legal text remains in force).

Despite warnings issued by former Prime Minister Theresa May, the Johnson government may announce its partial resignation from the Ireland Protocol before next Tuesday, alleging it would damage the reputation of the United Kingdom violation of international treaties,

To justify his action (although in Brussels he suspects it may be a new “hoax” from London), the “Premier” intends to rely on a report prepared by Attorney General Suella Braverman, in which the EU has been convicted of “inconsistent and unfair”. “Application of the Protocol…

However, the Irish Foreign Secretary, Simon Coveney, has warned Johnson that a unilateral decision could end up in court and have an undesirable outcome. Deteriorating relations between London and Dublin And even a trade war with the European Union in the midst of the Ukraine conflict.

Washington has also opposed the unilateral resignation. Democratic Congressman Brendan Boyle He warned it would be “an unfavorable and very disappointing decision”. The US Committee for the Security of the Good Friday Peace Agreement also warned that it would be “neither a strategic nor prudent” measure.

In his conversation with Liz Truss, Maros Sefkovic clarified that the abandonment of the protocol would amount to “suspending an international agreement” and would “compromise for the purpose of protecting the peace agreement in all its dimensions.” Truss, for his part, argued that defending the peace agreement was precisely what could prompt the United Kingdom to act and asked MS “Pragmatism” To the vice-chairman of the European Commission, with the implementation of measures such as “red and green channels” for the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, a shared data system and other measures to “remove barriers”.

“The current situation is unacceptable and is causing disruption in business,” Truss said. “People in Northern Ireland are not being treated like the rest of the British people and this has become an internal issue for the peace and security of Britain.”

The most instigator of abandonment of protocol is DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson, who has launched his own specific attack on the Johnson government, despite losing the election. Donaldson argues that the current settlement is equivalent to the creation of an internal customs office in the United Kingdom and has resulted in trade disruptions and increased prices for consumers.

Sinn Finn’s local leader and to be prime minister, Michel O’Neill, however, broke a spear as a guarantee to the “durability” of the protocol that there would be no withdrawal. The “tough” border between the two Irelands, O’Neill has urged London and Brussels to return to the negotiating table and find a way to “soften” its implementation in any case.

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