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Ireland The EU more worried about its market than about peace in Ireland, says the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland

16:03  05 march  2021
16:03  05 march  2021 Source:   europe1.fr

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GB-EU-IRELAND: The EU more concerned about its market than about peace in Ireland, says the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland

L'UE PLUS PRÉOCCUPÉE PAR SON MARCHÉ QUE PAR LA PAIX EN IRLANDE, DIT LA PREMIÈRE MINISTRE D'IRLANDE DU NORD © Reuters / POOL EU MORE CONCERNED WITH ITS MARKET THAN PEACE IN IRELAND, SAYS NORTHERN IRELAND PRIME MINISTER

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister of Ireland from North accused the European Union on Friday of being more concerned with the integrity of its common market than with the 1998 peace agreement.

The EU announced on Wednesday that it would launch legal proceedings against the government's decision Britain to extend the "grace period" on customs controls on certain food products exported from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. Brussels denounced a unilateral initiative violating the Brexit agreement.

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"The only thing that interests them is to preserve their bloc. They are not interested, contrary to what they claim, in the preservation of the Belfast agreement," Arlene Foster told the BBC.

"If they were, they wouldn't take the initiative they're taking now."

The Protocol relating to Northern Ireland contained in the Brexit agreement aimed to prevent goods from the United Kingdom from entering the single European market without control but its effects, and the measures taken both in London and Brussels, were "totally disproportionate" in relation to the risks, judged Arlene Foster.

"We have to replace (the protocol) because, surely, extending the grace periods is just a cautery on a wooden leg compared to what the basic problems really are in terms of trade", she said.

"There is a fundamental misunderstanding with the European Union about the damage they are causing."

Faced with the trade disruption caused by Brexit and the steps taken to avoid the reestablishment of a physical border on the island of Ireland, the unionist paramilitary organizations of North Ireland announced this week that they were temporarily withdrawing their support for the 1998 Good Friday Peace Agreement on Northern Ireland.

(Paul Sandle and Sarah Young; French version Bertrand Boucey)

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