EU rejects UK’s demand to rip up Brexit deal for Northern Ireland after less than three hours
The Northern Ireland Protocol is not up for negotiation
The European Union (EU) has rejected the UK's demand to negate the Northern Ireland Protocol only hours after Parliament sent the request. The EU's response comes after a new UK “command paper” insisted the agreement be thoroughly reworked.
The solution to the Irish Protocol is for the UK Government to agree to EC standards for food and to drop any Trade Deals that import lower standard food into the UK. Simple!!!
— Bill Edmunds #Socialist #FBPE Labour since 1966 (@billedm) July 21, 2021
Called “a fantastic deal” by Boris Johnson back in 2019, the Northern Ireland Protocol sets out special circumstances for the UK's withdrawal from the EU. Such demands include rejecting the Irish sea tax that was due to begin in October and Brussels to bench legal action for non-implementation of existing terms.
Parliament demands the protocol be “no longer be policed by EU institutions and courts of justice”.
“We will not agree to a renegotiation of the Protocol,” said Maros Sefcovic, the European Commission’s vice president. He reiterated how the protocol was initially a joint decision, reached to solve the UK's issues created by “the type of Brexit chosen by the British government”.
Permanent flexibilities are not acceptable. The Protocol was painstakingly negotiated under high political pressure, ensuring to minimise disruption & to help local communities and businesses. It cannot be renegotiated - it is part of the solution of a problem and that is Brexit!
— davidmcallister (@davidmcallister) July 21, 2021
”In order for these objectives to be achieved, the Protocol must be implemented.”
Lord Frost has said that a threshold has been passed to "justify the use of article 16" which is the motive to suspend the Protocol entirely. However, the UK has no immediate plans to do so.
Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney has stated: “Any solutions must take place within the framework of the Protocol and the principles that underpin it.”
Irish Foreign Minister @simoncoveney says the NI protocol “was jointly agreed by this UK Government and the EU. It is jointly owned by them, and must be jointly implemented by them.”
Adds that “any solutions must take place within the framework of the Protocol” #brexit 🇮🇪🇬🇧🇪🇺
— Stephen Murphy (@SMurphyTV) July 21, 2021