ছবি Photo from Reuters file: Lord David Frost, Minister of State for the United Kingdom, delivered his speech on Brexit on October 4, 2021 at the annual Conservative Party conference in Manchester, UK. Reuters / Toby Melville
Written by William James and Philip Blancinsop
LONDON / BRUSSELS (Reuters) – British Brexit negotiator David Frost reiterated his views on Sunday after British and Irish trading on Twitter (NYSE 🙂 Barbus said the EU must agree to “significant changes” to the Northern Ireland Protocol that regulates trade and borders. The province.
Protocol The Brexit settlement was part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s talks with the EU, but London has repeatedly said it would have to rewrite it in less than a year because of the trade-offs it faced when importing British goods into Northern Ireland.
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coweni asked on Twitter: “The real question: does the UKG (UK government) really want a further breakdown of the agreed path or relationship?”
It received a reprimand from Frost: “I prefer not to discuss via Twitter, but since im Simncoveni has started the process …”
Frost dismissed Cowney’s argument that he was making new claims, saying Britain’s concerns about the role of the European Court of Justice in the process were set out three months ago.
“The problem is that very few people seem to have heard,” Frost said.
On Saturday, Frost released a summary of a speech he called for change again this week and hinted at a desire to free the protocol from the supervision of European judges.
In response, Coweni of Ireland said that Britain had created a new “red line” for progress that knew the EU could not move forward.
The row comes at the start of an important week in the long-running debate over how to manage product flows between Britain, Northern Ireland and the EU.
EU package on customs, food, medicine
The European Commission is expected to introduce new measures to smooth trade on Wednesday, while the lack of “significant change” demanded by the London Protocol is halting.
These measures are designed to facilitate customs control, meat, dairy and other food products and the flow of medicines from the mainland of the UK to Northern Ireland.
The Commission will also determine plans to engage more with Northern Ireland politicians, businessmen and others.
The proposals would enable supermarkets to supply their Northern Irish stores with sausages and other soft meat products from the UK that are prohibited from entering the European Union – and therefore theoretically in Northern Ireland.
While the rest of the UK remains, Northern Ireland is positioned for goods in the EU’s single market, which means that exports to the rest of the bloc do not face any customs checks, tariffs or paperwork. The result is an effective tariff border in the Irish Sea, disrupting GB-Northern Ireland trade and angering the pro-British unionists in the province.
Under the commission’s plan, for example, British sausages would be allowed to enter Northern Ireland unless they were intended exclusively for Northern Irish consumers.
On Tuesday, a day before that announcement, Frost will address the diplomatic community in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.
He says there is no substitute for endless negotiations and that if they cannot be resolved quickly, London will have to act using Article 16 security measures.
Article 16 allows both parties to take unilateral action if the protocol is deemed to have a negative impact.