Brexit News: EU Protocol ‘Playground Tactics’ for Northern Ireland | Politics | News
Talks on the Northern Ireland Protocol appear to have reached an impasse, with little progress made in recent months to allay fears among Brexiteers and trade unionists. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss signaled in March that the Article 16 trigger would be suspended due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
But just over a month later, she admitted it was “clear that the protocol is not working”.
The implications are strong, with critics warning that a failure to persuade the EU to give in on some points, or even abandon the deal altogether, could spell the end of the UK.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stressed: “No one should unilaterally cancel, break or attack the settlement in any way”.
Reports suggest there have also been warnings that triggering Article 16 could trigger a trade war.
Jacob Rees-Mogg hit back this week at the claim, which he described as particularly false given lingering fears about the rising cost of living.
The Minister for Brexit Opportunities told ITV: ‘Retaliation like this is schoolyard economics and it would hurt UK consumers at a time of rising [prices].”
Boris Johnson also told the BBC yesterday, May 11, that there was no need for ‘drama’.
The prime minister insisted: “It’s something that just needs to be fixed.”
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He recently told Express.co.uk: ‘The rest our government will blame democracy and shrug it off.
The chairman of Brexit Watch added that it was not just about points and percentages, but could fundamentally change the makeup of the UK.
He said, “In reality, they [that is, the Government] would have caused the destruction of the United Kingdom.
For now, Whitehall is signaling that it will not return to negotiations with the Brussels bloc.
Northern Ireland Minister Conor Burns told LBC this week: “If the EU tells us that … there is nothing more to say, then we will have to take action to prioritize stability in Northern Ireland, to power-sharing in Northern Ireland, to protect the institutions of the Good Friday Agreement, and that will mean unilateral intervention, yes.
He added that this (there was nothing more to say) was not the EU’s position, “I don’t think so”.