Brexit: EU negotiating 'with partner it can't trust', says Coveney

04 Mars, 2021, 15:03 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

'This is the second time that the UK Government is set to breach global law.

In September a year ago, the United Kingdom had already upset the 27-nation bloc when it considered - then backpedaled - legislation that would have given Boris Johnson's government the power to override part of the Brexit withdrawal agreement relating to Northern Ireland.

Secretary of State says it's part of a "pragmatic and proportionate implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol".

Mr Coveney said he had had a "blunt" conversation with Lord Frost and Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis on Wednesday after learning of the UK Government's actions and "strongly advised them not to do it".

Before their talks, Šefčovič said he would tell Frost "the European Commission will respond to these developments in accordance with the legal means established by the Withdrawal Agreement and the Trade and Cooperation Agreement".

The step by London has been welcomed by Northern Ireland's Unionist parties who have long opposed the Protocol and are campaigning for it to be scrapped.

The row is the latest in a series of disputes over the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland and, specifically, the treatment of goods being transported to and from Great Britain.

"For supermarkets and their suppliers, as part of the operational plan the UK committed to at the UK-EU Joint Committee on 24 February, the current Scheme for Temporary Agri-food Movements to Northern Ireland (STAMNI) will continue until 1 October", Lewis said in a written statement.

There will be a phased introduction of certification requirements, to avoid traders being overwhelmed by "disruptive" extra red-tape.

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Supermarkets would have had to produce export health certificates for all shipments of animal products.

Ireland's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said he had already spoken to Frost to express his regret at the move. In a phone call later on Wednesday evening, the British minister for UK-EU relations, David Frost, told Šefčovič that "such operational measures were well precedented in other global trade arrangements, and that they were entirely consistent with our intention to discharge our obligations under the Protocol in good faith".

He said: "A unilateral announcement is deeply unhelpful to building the relationship of trust and partnership that is central to the implementation of the protocol".

'Grace periods do not provide the long-term certainty that businesses and consumers in Northern Ireland require.

'The protocol has been demonstrated to be unworkable'.

The DUP's Stormont Agriculture Minister, Gordon Lyons, sparked controversy on Friday night when he announced he had ordered officials to halt work on planned permanent facilities to carry out inspections on goods from Great Britain.

Sinn Fein president Mary-Lou McDonald said: 'At last week's meeting of the Joint Committee, Michael Gove and Maros Sefcovic reaffirmed support for the Irish Protocol and the need to work together to deal with issues that have arisen.

'It is incredible that one week later the British government has gone on a solo run and taken unilateral action.

"This was completely unnecessary, totally undermines the work of the Joint Committee and puts it on an immediate collision course with the European Union".

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