EU warns UK of ‘unilateral action’ on Northern Ireland trade after Brexit
On June 9, the European Union threatened the UK with retaliatory action if it refused to implement post-Brexit trade deals in Northern Ireland. Talks between the EU and UK over Northern Ireland appear to be on the verge of collapsing as London has indicated it is still considering measures to keep Britain’s unhindered supply in the region. However, according to The Guardian, visiting European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said patience was “running out very, very little” and further described the relationship with the UK as “at a crossroads. paths “.
Speaking at a press conference, Sefcovic said: “Today I can say that we are at a crossroads in our relations with the UK. Trust, which should be at the heart of all relationships, must be restored ”.
He said there were “many fundamental flaws” in Britain’s compliance with the deal and added: “If the UK were to take further unilateral action in the coming weeks, we would not. ‘will not hesitate to react quickly, firmly and decisively’.
In addition, Sefcovic said the actions could include legal action, arbitration or other retaliatory measures, including targeted tariffs, which sparked talks of a “sausage war” between the UK. United and the EU on the British side of the Channel. But the EU official also insisted: “We don’t want this to happen… It is not too late. Let’s correct the way ”.
UK Brexit Minister David Frost said there had been “no breakthrough” on Brexit controls and no “blackout” after a two-hour meeting with Sefcovic in London. The parties have now agreed to continue trying to find a solution before a ban on chilled meats, including sausages and minced meat, comes into force. The UK has extended the grace period for checks on UK meat products destined for Northern Ireland, including sausages, until the end of this month.
Northern Ireland Protocol
It should be noted that the conditions for the UK’s departure from the EU have effectively always anchored Northern Ireland in the bloc’s single market. The aim of the arrangement is to preserve a single economic space on the island of Ireland and to avoid fragmentation which could endanger the peace agreement. However, he also erected trade barriers between the region and the rest of the UK.
Britain has complained that the EU is enforcing controls too tightly on goods from the UK to Northern Ireland. The EU refused to back down, however, and argued that unless controls are enforced between Britain and Northern Ireland, goods can enter the bloc’s single market without meeting bloc standards. . EU leaders said in a joint statement that relations with the UK should remain “mutually beneficial” and in no way undermine the integrity of the single market, the customs union or the United Kingdom. decision-making autonomy of the EU.