AFP / Paul Faith, Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit sign near the port of Lorne in northern Belfast on May 17, 2022
After a months-long stalemate, the British government submitted its bill to parliament on Monday, calling into question the post-Brexit status of Northern Ireland, with the risk of retaliation from Europeans judging illegal speech.
London believes the EU has threatened to take legal action against the British government, saying its initiative undermines “mutual trust” and that it can no longer wait for a political stalemate in the British province caused by Northern Irish ethics.
After threatening to violate this international agreement, which was negotiated and signed, completely and simply, Boris Johnson’s government has unilaterally chosen to legislate to amend it.
“We are very clear that we are acting legally,” Diplomat Liz Truss promised on television.
It may take several months, he explained in a press release, “if this statement is passed, it will end this unacceptable situation in which the people of Northern Ireland are treated differently from the rest of the UK and protect the supremacy of our courts and our territorial integrity.” Liberation, defending the “just solution”.
He reiterated that London was open to a negotiated settlement, but that the EU had agreed to “change the protocol” and not fix it as it currently stands.
British Foreign Secretary Lis Truss issued a statement in Parliament on May 17, 2022, in London (PRU / -) on the Northern Irish Protocol.
The protocol aims to protect the single European market after Brexit, without disturbing the peace between the British province and the Republic of Ireland, a member of the European Union.
To resolve this square of the circle, Boris Johnson’s government agreed that Northern Ireland should be in effect within the European market, establishing a customs border in the Irish Sea with checks and documents.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholes regretted the British move, promising that the EU would respond “in a coordinated manner”, while urging US diplomat Anthony Blingen to “continue good talks with the EU” in London.
– Union anger –
If the text is not used in full, it complicates distributions and frightens the Unionist community into believing that the province’s place within the United Kingdom is under threat.
The London government announced its intention to pass legislation in mid-May, after the DUP, the main trade unionist party, had blocked the creation of any local executive for months.
The British government wants the goods that are in circulation and remaining within the UK to go through the “Green Channel” and exempt them from administrative procedures. Goods destined for the EU will be subject to all tests and restrictions applied under European law.
During the visit of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson near Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland on May 16, 2022, the masked protester held up a sign in support of Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit protocol (AFP / PAUL FAITH)
Under the bill, the province could benefit from the same state aid as the rest of the UK and disputes would be resolved before an independent arbitration mechanism and would no longer be the main point of contention before the European Court of Justice. London and Brussels.
– “Adjustment” –
“Obviously this is a very trivial adjustment series,” Boris Johnson told LBC Radio. “Our primary commitment as a nation is related to the Good Friday Pact”, signed in 1998 to put an end to three decades of violence between the Unionists, especially Protestants and Republicans, who killed 3,500 people.
On Monday, Liz Truss called on European Vice President Maros Chefkov and explained that he had promised the EU “solutions”.
During a 12-minute call with his British counterpart, Irishman Simon Coweny was criticized in London for “not engaging in meaningful negotiations”.
In Belfast, despite the bill, the DUP still refuses to run in a new government, which is expected to be headed by Republican Sinn Fin for the first time since winning the May 5 local elections.
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson hailed it as “an important step” but said he would like to see the bill move in parliament before a decision can be made.
In a joint letter, officials (including Sinn Fன்in) elected from parties representing a majority in the local legislature said they were “rejecting British law in the most possible terms”. According to them, against the effects of Brexit, “if not better, the protocol refers to the only protection available” but “an economic advantage” with access to two major markets.
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