US News Lead 1-Brexit-London asks the EU a new compromise on Northern Ireland
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(updated with additional statements and details)
by Michael Holden and William James
London, July 21 (Reuters) - Great Britain claimed a new agreement on the European Union Wednesday to overcome the problems Trades related to Northern Ireland and did not exclude unilateral initiatives that would move away from the Brexit Agreement concluded last year.
"We can not continue so," said British Minister for Brexit, David Frost, Parliament.
"We see an opportunity to proceed differently, to find a new way to try to hear us with the EU via the negotiation, a new balance in our northern Ireland arrangements, for all", A-T -he adds.
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The core of the dispute between the two parties is based on the North Irish protocol, included in the Brexit Agreement. It is intended to preserve the Self-Holy Peace Agreement, concluded in 1998, avoiding the recovery of a physical border between the Republic of Ireland, a member of the EU, and the British Province of Ireland. North.
This protocol, also intended to protect the single European market, led to controls on goods, such as sausages, shipped from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, aroused the discontent of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, yet a signatory to The Brexit Agreement, and especially North Irish Unionists, who refuse any difference in treatment with the rest of the United Kingdom.
Reuters reported Monday that London threatened to deviate from the Brexit agreement.
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Thomas Byrne, the Irish Foreign Minister responded to David Frost by saying that his country was ready to be flexible on the North Irish protocol but that he did not want a renegotiation of the divorce treaty on Brexit.
"Flexibility is possible. Our position is that we do not want to renegotiate the protocol," he said on Sky.
according to David Frost, Great Britain wishes a new "balance" that it presents in a document in which the management of the agreement would no longer increase the institutions of the EU and the Court of Justice European but a "normal treaty framework", "more conducive to an authentic and equitable partnership".
"These proposals will require significant changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol," says David Frost. "We will not go back to that, we think that such a change is needed to deal with the situation we are currently facing," he added.
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Although the customs controls, implemented under the North Irish protocol, took place so far in a lightened way, several British distributors, such as MARKS & SPENCER, said already to meet difficulties to ship goods. to some EU member states.
These distributors threatened to move their supply chains from the United Kingdom to the EU.
The implementation of all customs controls, initially scheduled in March, has been prolonged unilaterally by Great Britain. The EU has accepted a deadline until the end of September, in particular to achieve a solution on the dispute called "the War of Sausage".
David Frost pleaded for a "period of status quo" which would prolong the current derogations and freezing of the activities in progress. (Report William James and Michael Holden, with Guy Faulconbridge, French version Bertrand Boucey and Claude CHEndJOU, edited by Jean-Michel Bélot)
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