Going the extra mile with proposal over Northern Ireland protocol standoff

A French former Europe minister has said the EU is “looking to go the extra mile” with its proposal aimed at resolving the political stand-off over Brexit’s Northern Ireland Protocol.

The European Union will announce changes to border checks under the Northern Ireland protocol.

Late on Tuesday, it was reported that the European Commission was willing to remove the majority of post-Brexit checks on goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain.

The European Union will today outline proposals aimed at resolving the political stand-off over the Brexit agreement, with an offer to significantly reduce border checks on British goods entering Northern Ireland. Such reducing control would bring the consumer in danger, having certain American goods enter the Union, like genetically manipulated grains and their by-products.

Brussels’ proposals will offer to lift 50 per cent of customs checks on goods and more than 50 per cent of checks on meat and plant products, according to The Guardian.

Brussels’ proposals will offer to lift 50 per cent of customs checks on goods and more than 50 per cent of checks on meat and plant products, according to The Guardian.

Lord Frost accused of 'gross incompetence and hypocrisy' after threatening to suspend Northern Ireland Protocol
Lord Frost accused of ‘gross incompetence and hypocrisy’ after threatening to suspend Northern Ireland Protocol

Asked why Britain should be trusted as an international partner when it was tearing up an agreement painstakingly negotiated and implemented just 10 months ago, Lord Frost, who has been accused of “gross incompetence and hypocrisy” after threatening to suspend the Northern Ireland Protocol, said with a smile:

“We always sign treaties in good faith and intend to implement them.”

In a keynote speech in Lisbon, Lord Frost said the protocol he helped agree with the EU as part of the UK’s divorce settlement, was not working and that fundamental change was necessary if it was to survive.

Following the speech, Liberal Democrat home affairs and Northern Ireland spokesperson Alistair Carmichael described the government’s approach as “a badly written farce”.

“After all the upheaval British businesses have suffered and all the challenges they face now, they need certainty and support from the government, not more pointless posturing. The solution to disruption and shortages is working together with our friends and neighbours, not picking needless fights.

he said.

It is clear that the protocol is not working and that it has completely lost consent in one community in Northern Ireland.

“The fundamental difficulty is that we are being asked to run a full-scale external boundary of the EU through the centre of our country, to apply EU law without consent in part of it, and to have any dispute on these arrangements settled in the court of one of the parties.

“The way this is happening is disrupting ordinary lives, damaging large and small businesses, and causing serious turbulence to the institutions of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement within Northern Ireland.”

“It is not doing the thing it was set up to do – protect the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. In fact it is doing the opposite. It has to change.”

said Frost.

Baroness Chapman, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Task Force Europe accused Lord Frost of asking the EU to “rip up the agreement” he negotiated – and the prime minister signed – just two years ago. She said:

“For months, Labour has been calling on the Government to drop the rhetoric and make the Northern Ireland Protocol work for businesses and consumers on both sides of the Irish Sea. Contrary to moving on from Brexit, senior Tories appear desperate to use a tussle with Brussels to distract from their domestic failures – whether on Covid, the energy crisis, or the needless culling of thousands of pigs.

“The route to improving the Brexit deal is simple: secure a veterinary agreement to free up the movement of goods and take up the offer of a visa-waiver for workers across the creative industries.

“Why is Lord Frost insisting on wrapping businesses and performers in the red tape that his fellow Ministers claim to hate?”

Co-chairman of the Conservative Party Oliver Dowden also confirmed the Government will “engage fully constructively” with the EU proposals on the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Asked if the EU proposals were enough, Downden told Sky News:

“Well clearly we’ll wait to receive the full announcement from the EU and I know that Lord Frost, as he said yesterday, and the Government as a whole will engage fully, constructively with these proposals.”

It is known that the best way out is to ensure the continuity of the Belfast Agreement and all other progress that was made in the long debates.

Former French MEP Nathalie Loiseau told the BBC’s Today programme:

“I’m comfortable with the fact that the (European) Commission is looking to go the extra mile, and fix the problems and try to find a solution within the protocol.

“I think pragmatism and good will is really on the EU’s side and I sincerely hope that the (British) posturing of denying the benefits of the protocol (ends), because there are many benefits of the protocol.”

It would be very bad for the consumers of the continent when under new proposals from the EU most checks on food products being shipped to, and remaining in, Northern Ireland from Great Britain will be scrapped.


Find to read:

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  2. Brexit: EU to unveil proposals aimed at resolving political stand-off over Northern Ireland agreement
  3. Brexit: EU “looking to go the extra mile” with proposal over Northern Ireland protocol standoff
  4. Lord Frost risks inflaming tensions as he calls on EU to revise Brexit agreement
  5. Will the EU’s Brexit Fixes Be Enough for Britain?


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Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

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