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The UK insists that a 'significant change' to the Northern Ireland protocol is needed

The UK insists that a ‘significant change’ to the Northern Ireland protocol is needed

October 16, 2019 The ‘No Heart Border’ poster appears under a traffic sign on the Irish border between Bridget, Ireland, Ireland and Northern Ireland. REUTERS / Phil Noble / File Photo

  • Britain Frost will speak in Lisbon on Tuesday
  • The European Union is expected to take action on Wednesday
  • Britain wants to release protocol from EU law enforcement
  • Ireland says Britain has created a new obstacle to progress

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will tell the European Union again next week that it wants to restore good relations between London and Brussels, saying the Northern Ireland code of conduct needs a “significant change”.

The protocol was part of a Brexit divorce settlement in which Prime Minister Boris Johnson negotiated with the European Union, but London said it would have to be rewritten within a year of the companies’ restrictions on importing British goods into the province. .

Moroz Spikovic, vice-president of the European Commission overseeing relations with Britain after Brexit, said on Thursday that the Director-General of European Ireland would complete the process of resolving Brexit trade issues in Northern Ireland next week or early 2022. .. Read more

But Spekhovich reiterated that the protocol would not be reconsidered and that solutions should be found under the terms of an agreement designed to maintain an open border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, of which it is a member of the European Union.

The European Commission’s actions are expected to be released on Wednesday.

Brexit Secretary David Frost is scheduled to address the diplomatic community in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, on Tuesday.

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According to excerpts from a letter released by his office on Saturday, he is expected to conclude that endless negotiations are not an option but to work through the security mechanism referred to in Section 16 of the London Act.

Article 16 allows both parties to take unilateral action if the protocol is deemed to have a negative effect.

“Let no one doubt the seriousness of the situation … The EU must now show ambition and readiness to tackle key issues above the protocol,” the letter said.

“The relationship between the UK and the EU is tense, but it doesn’t have to be this way. By placing the protocol on a flexible basis, we have a chance to overcome last year’s difficulties.

Frost is also expected to represent a desire to exempt ethics from the supervision of European judges.

“The role of the European Court of Justice in Ireland and Northern Ireland and the inability of the UK Government to reasonably implement the highly sensitive provisions in the Code have created a deep imbalance in the way the Code operates.” Said the text.

“Without new arrangements in this area, the protocol would not receive the support it needs to survive.”

Responding to Frost’s position in the High Court, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Cuban said the British government had set a new “red line” to move forward, knowing that the EU could not move forward.

“The real question is: does the UKG really want a further breakthrough in the agreed front or relationship?” Kobe said on Twitter.

James Davy reports in London. Patrick Holby’s other report in Dublin was edited by Helen Popper and Paul Simao

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