CM – Irish Foreign Minister warns of a collapse in EU-UK relations

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During a speech at the Conservative Party Congress last week, Frost threatened to trigger a controversial breach of the divorce agreement if the EU were not ready to make concessions to Northern Ireland

Published: October 10, 2021 7:19 PM |

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LONDON: Ireland’s Foreign Minister has warned that British demands risk « another breakdown of relations » with the European Union ahead of talks this week to resolve the impasse on the Brexit deal.

Simon Coveney published the statements on Twitter after the British Brexit minister again insisted that the European Court of Justice should not monitor the implementation of the agreement. Coveney described this as a new « red line » that will hinder the progress of the negotiations.

« Does (the UK government) really want an agreed path forward or another breakdown in relations? » He wrote.

The European Commission is expected to release its proposals this week to break the deadlock on trade agreements for Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK that has a land border with the 27-state bloc. The UK government has attempted to renegotiate part of its divorce deal with the EU, which will impose customs and border controls on some goods transported between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

The regulations aim to ensure that goods, that enter the EU internal market, meet European standards and at the same time maintain an open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – an important pillar of the Northern Irish peace process. But the checks have angered trade unionists in Northern Ireland, who say they weaken the region’s links with the rest of the UK and make it harder for companies to do business British government, sensibly implementing the very sensitive agreements of the protocol, has created a deep imbalance in the way the protocol works, ”British negotiator David Frost said in remarks released ahead of a speech in Lisbon on Saturday. « Without new agreements in this area, the protocol will never have the support it needs to survive. » The London Times reported on Saturday that Brussels is likely to offer unrestricted access for products bearing the UK’s « national identity. » “Such as Cumberland sausages. The proposal is an attempt to avoid a so-called sausage war over chilled meat across the Irish Sea.

In a speech to the Conservative Congress last week, Frost threatened to trigger a controversial breach of the divorce agreement if the EU does not ready to make concessions to Northern Ireland.

Frost said the Brexit deal he negotiated and signed by the UK and the EU undermined peace in Northern Ireland and caused « instability and disruption ».

If there weren’t If there are significant changes to the agreement, the UK will invoke Article 16, a provision that allows either side to suspend the agreement in exceptional circumstances. However, the UK has made this threat earlier and Frost did not pull the trigger.

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