Liz Truss has set scene for furious Brexit spat with Europe tells Brussels UK ‘will have no choice but to act’ over Northern Ireland protocol if the EU does not support down.
Foreign secretary warning in telephone call with It is expected that the Vice-President of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic, will follow the publication within a few days. of emergency legislation to abolish key elements of in protocolnegotiations by Boris Johnson in from 2019 to avoid a hard the border between the Republic and the North after Brexit.
Speaking after the call, Mr. Šefčović expressed “serious concern” over dead end, warning it would be “unacceptable” for The UK will take unilateral action by refusing to international agreement signed by Johnson.
And he later said meeting of EU and UK parliamentarians in Brussels: “Honesty about what the UK has signed up to need. Integrity that the EU cannot solve all problems Brexit created and type of Brexit was chosen by the UK.
“We will not review protocol and the EU is one in this position. Unilateral actions that actually disable protocol is not a solution.”
Johnson himself suggested that government was forced to respond to the unions’ opposition protocol which saw the DUP refuse to enter new power-exchange executive after last weekly elections.
“His clear that a union member community won’t accept protocol”, – said prime minister. “It is clear from what happened. we have to fix This is.”
While foreign secretary words suggested there was still room for The EU to prevent a clash by changing its negotiating mandate in In the coming days, Mr. Šefčović categorically told Ms. Trouss that “there is no place” for this happened, with Downing Street acknowledging that the situation is now “very serious”.
dead end looks set bring down the curtain on negotiations last 16 months in which the UK is demanding an indulgence of checks on goods imported into Northern Ireland from the UK mainland that were brought in as result of Mr Johnson decision draw a customs border down Irish sea.
No. 10 said that negotiations would probably continue in official level over the coming days and that the UK did not install fixed term for action.
Mr Johnson official representative insisted that no final decision not yet accepted on is it worth moving forward with prevailing law protocol.
“We saw on number of when the EU made statements about protocol and after subsequent negotiations there were concessions made”, – said the spokesman. “We try to keep everything options open, but the situation is very serious.”
But no follow-up a meeting is scheduled between Ms Truss and Mr Sefcovic, and one A Downing Street source said the cabinet has coalesced around a position that “something needs to be done” as the EU’s stance appears to be strengthening.
“You never know that the EU is going to come back with”, – said the source. “But they set their position out today and we don’t have any signals that this will change.”
Any unilateral violation of UK Brexit deal could end up lead to trade war with Europe as Brussels retaliates by suspending duty-free export agreements enshrined in in in post- Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
But legislation repealing protocol will probably take as long as year go through parliament, with tough opposition expected in house of Lords and government sources made clear that negotiations could continue throughout this time in order to prevent costly accident in trade connections.
Miss Truss is shocked up tension over in protocol on Tuesday with statement warning what offers set out EU to facilitate trading friction would in fact “take us back”. But Mr. Šefčović told her today that “there is no place” for further concessions or for turn in its negotiating mandate, which must be agreed upon by all 27 EU member states.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated: “Foreign secretary pointed it out with regret and said the situation in Northern Ireland is a question of inner peace and security for United Kingdom, and if the EU did not show necessary flexibility for help solve these questions, then as responsible government we would have no choice but to act.”
Critical discussion ensued hours after lawyer general Swella Braverman said she received legal advice that it would be legal to tear clothes. up parts of in protocol as of “disproportionate and unreasonable” way it was implemented by Brussels.
She presented evidence accusing the EU of undermining the Good Friday Agreement, creating a trade barrier in Irish sea and warned of “public unrest” in Northern Ireland. Downing Street today refused to publish the advice received by Ms Braverman.
In her speeches today with Mr. Šefčović, Ms. Truss said that protocol became the “greatest obstacle” to the formation of an executive branch in Northern Ireland after power-sharing arrangements were broken by the DUP.
party unionist who wants protocol written off, refused to sign new chief executive led by Michelle O’Neill of Sinn Féin, which became the largest group in Assembly of Northern Ireland in last weekly elections in Stormonte.
Miss Truss said that current the situation led to “an unacceptable breach of tradeand created a “two-level system where people in Northern Ireland was treated differently than everyone else in United Kingdom”.
Call for “more pragmatism” on the part of the Commission, she said that the problems could be solved while protecting a united EU. marketimplementing UK proposals for goods intended for Northern Ireland will be shipped via light- touch the “green corridor” at customs while careful control is reserved for those who go to the republic.
Speaking after telephone conversations, Mr. Šefčović said: “This is still of serious concerns that the UK government intends to start on in path of unilateral action.
“I am convinced that only joint decisions work. Unilateral actions that effectively deprive international an agreement such as the Protocol is simply unacceptable.”
He added: “It will undermine trust between the EU and the UK and also jeopardize our ultimate aim is to defend the Good Friday Agreement (Belfast) in in all its aspects, while providing legal certainty and predictability for in people and business in Northern Ireland.
“Such unilateral actions also undermine the conditions that are necessary for Northern Ireland will continue to have access to the EU single market for products.
EU and UK are partners facing Same global challenges where is the upholding rule of law and life up to international commitment is a necessity. Working side-on-side in constructive approach of paramount.”