•   
  •   

UK News What is the Northern Ireland protocol? The Brexit deal explained – and why it’s caused an EU ‘sausage war’

20:41  10 june  2021
20:41  10 june  2021 Source:   msn.com

EU envoy stokes NI row warning there is 'no alternative to protocol'

  EU envoy stokes NI row warning there is 'no alternative to protocol' Joao Vale de Almeida accused new DUP leader Edwin Poots of being 'unrealistic' after he raged that the rules were being used to 'punish' the UK for leaving the bloc.Joao Vale de Almeida accused new DUP leader Edwin Poots of being 'unrealistic' after he raged that the rules were being used to 'punish' the UK for leaving the bloc.

United States President Joe Biden has waded into a dispute between the UK and EU over Northern Ireland.

a group of people holding a sign: Anti-Northern Ireland Protocol protestors demonstrate during a rally organised by mid-Ulster coalition of Unionists and Loyalists, in Portadown, Northern Ireland (Photo: Reuters) © Provided by The i Anti-Northern Ireland Protocol protestors demonstrate during a rally organised by mid-Ulster coalition of Unionists and Loyalists, in Portadown, Northern Ireland (Photo: Reuters)

The row is to do with a section of the Brexit trade deal called the Northern Ireland Protocol.

If the two sides cannot come to an agreement, it could result in a ban on sausages, burgers and other chilled meats entering Northern Ireland from great Britain.

What is the Northern Ireland Protocol?

One of the priorities for the Brexit deal between the UK and EU was that the Good Friday Agreement remain intact.

Brexit minister admits UK ‘underestimated’ impact of NI protocol in call for fix

  Brexit minister admits UK ‘underestimated’ impact of NI protocol in call for fix Lord Frost said time is running out to find a solution as he prepares for a meeting in London with his EU counterpart.Time is “starting to run out” to fix the problems facing Northern Ireland after Brexit, the UK’s Brexit minister has warned Brussels.

The Good Friday Agreement is the peace deal between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, part of which means there is an open border between the two countries.

This has been complicated by Brexit, because the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic is now a border between the UK and EU, and EU law requires certain good to be inspected when they arrive from non-EU countries.

To get around this, the UK and EU negotiated the Northern Ireland Protocol, which allows good to cross the Irish border without being inspected.

Instead, a regulatory border was set up between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which means inspections on some goods from England, Scotland and Wales must take place at Northern Irish ports.

Brexit: The EU threatens the United Kingdom on Northern Ireland, its patience "has limits"

 Brexit: The EU threatens the United Kingdom on Northern Ireland, its patience © Pixabay Brexit: The EU threatens the United Kingdom on Northern Ireland, its patience " At the limits " if the United Kingdom does not comply with its commitment to introduce Great Britain goods, negotiated under the Brexit, Northern Ireland, the European Union warned that it Would not hesitate to react "quickly" and "firmly"! Brussels addresses a severe warning in the United Kingdom on Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Protocol officially came into force on 1 January, but with a six-month grace period, meaning it will start existing in practice from 1 July.

Goods that must be inspected include meat, milk, fish and eggs, and customs declarations must be filled out.

Why is there a dispute?

The protocol has been criticised for effectively creating a border between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

President Biden will tell Boris Johnson not to let the row put the Good Friday Agreement at risk when the pair meet on Thursday.

In the US president’s first overseas visit, aides said he will stress the need to “stand behind” the Northern Ireland Protocol.

The EU has threatened to launch a trade war against Britain if it fails to implement checks on goods entering Northern Ireland under the terms of the Brexit “divorce” settlement which Mr Johnson signed.

At a press conference in Brussels on Thursday ahead of the summit, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen again insisted the protocol was the “only solution” to prevent a hard border with the Republic and must be implemented in full.

“We have shown flexibility, we will show flexibility, but the protocol and the Withdrawal Agreement have to be implemented completely,” she said.

The Prime Minister told reporters on Wednesday that resolving the dispute with Brussels was “easily doable”.

He added: “What we want to do is make sure that we can have a solution that guarantees the peace process, protects the peace process, but also guarantees the economic and territorial integrity of the whole United Kingdom.”

Brussels may allow Britain more time in sausage wars .
In a potential breakthrough in the 'sausage wars' row, the EU said it would assess the UK's call to extend a grace period on chilled meat sales until the end of September. Under the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol, British-made sausages and similar foods will be banned from being sold in the province at the end of this month. © Provided by Daily Mail ( Britain has threatened to unilaterally extend the current grace period if a solution is not found, but Brussels has warned it would retaliate.

usr: 0
This is interesting!