World Brexit turns into a fiasco in Northern Ireland

23:30  04 march  2021
23:30  04 march  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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But Brexit seems to have given Northern Ireland ’s constellation of splinter groups a new political edge, enlivening terrorist campaigns that were once considered dormant. According to a recent report from the Police Service of Northern Ireland , between Jan. 1 and Dec. When Northern Ireland voted by a slight majority for Remain in the 2016 referendum on whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union—a result largely driven by pro-EU Irish nationalists—nationalist politicians across Ireland used the result to push for a referendum on Irish unity, and there were fears that the possible

Northern Ireland has remained a part of the EU's single market for goods so products arriving from GB undergo EU import procedures. The grace periods mean procedures and checks are not yet fully applied. The first of these periods was to expire at the end of March; the UK says they will be extended until October. Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said the grace period extensions were aimed at helping consumers and businesses in Northern Ireland , suggesting the EU needed to adapt its timeframe to fit the supply chain requirements of supermarkets and businesses.

es organisations paramilitaires unionistes d’Irlande du Nord ont écrit à Boris Johnson qu’elles se retiraient « temporairement » ​des Accords du Vendredi saint de 1998. © Ouest-France Infographic unionist paramilitary organizations in Northern Ireland wrote to Boris Johnson that they were withdrawing “temporarily” from the Good Friday Agreements of 1998.

As the tone rises between London and Brussels, paramilitary groups withdrew their support for the 1998 Peace Agreement, this Thursday, March 4, 2021. They refuse to see their province cut off from the United Kingdom.

Their letter threw a chill yesterday. Unionist paramilitary organizations of Northern Ireland wrote to Boris Johnson that they were temporarily withdrawing from the 1998 Good Friday Agreements. This pact ended thirty years of civil war (3,600 deaths) between the Catholics, mainly in favor of a reunified Ireland, and the Protestants, attached to staying in the United Kingdom.

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Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said in a written ministerial statement on Wednesday that the government “is taking several temporary operational steps to avoid disruptive cliff edges as engagement with the EU continues. Trade across the Irish Sea has been one of the most contentious features of Britain’s post- Brexit relationship with the EU, as companies have had to grapple with new paperwork and frictions on commerce. An EU official said Britain’s move was not an extension of a grace period, because it wasn’t mutually agreed and that U.K. action is in breach of the Brexit deal.

Some in Northern Ireland and several Brexit supporters want Johnson to scrap the so-called Northern Ireland protocol, put in place to preserve the open Irish border - part of a 1998 peace deal that largely ended sectarian conflict in the province. Britain’s Northern Ireland minister, Brandon Lewis, said the government would give supermarkets and suppliers more time to adapt to post- Brexit trading rules with the province after some experienced disruption with some goods, notably food. “We are taking forward a series of further temporary operational steps which reflect the simple reality that there

This warning shot raised fears of renewed tensions. Because if they say they do not want to take up arms again, the paramilitaries have never completely given up on violent actions . Since the entry into force of Brexit on January 1, hostile tags have bloomed on the walls. Port control officers have been threatened, recalls Elvire Fabry, Brexit specialist at the Jacques Delors Institute. Faced with the gravity of the situation, Belfast halted work on customs posts last week.

The paramilitaries, like many Unionists, feel betrayed by London. "They curse the establishment of a maritime border and control of goods between them and Britain," observes David Mitchell, a peace accord specialist at Trinity College Dublin in Belfast. With this protocol, the rules of the single market remain in force in Northern Ireland. This avoids the return of checkpoints, painful for the 30,000 people who cross the invisible border between this British province and the Republic of Ireland, Europe every day.

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Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland Secretary, confirmed that the UK is extending the grace period for supermarkets agreed with the EU last year by six months. It has to be “a supply chain that Australia and our partners can rely on, because these rare earths and critical minerals are what pull together the technology that we will be relying on into the future,” he said.Lynas Rare Earths Ltd. currently sends rare earths from its operations in Australia to Malaysia for processing, but has plans to build a facility.

Britain leaves the European Union today, and frustration over the potential impact of Brexit on trade is high throughout parts of Northern Ireland that have relied on the free flow of goods and people within the EU for decades. Truck driver Gerry Campbell has spent 35 years hauling goods back and forth across the Irish border and believes politicians are getting in the way of a Brexit solution that works for Northern Ireland . (Stephanie Jenzer/CBC). The Irish border was a sticking point during negotiations for the withdrawal agreement.

But the North Irish are very dependent on British imports, especially food, points out Elvire Fabry. From January, they encountered new administrative formalities. The application of the rules of origin, for products that have not been processed in the UK, has resulted in the return of tariffs. The fresh produce shelves are empty.

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To limit the damage, London and Brussels have agreed to ease controls until April 1. Too short, in Boris Johnson's eyes. On Wednesday, he said he intended to extend that six-month grace period. Stupor and fury of Europeans. We informed them, swear London. Ulcerated, the European Parliament responded yesterday by refusing to set a date for its long-awaited vote on the Brexit deal.

This pushover from Johnson is nothing new. He had already requested, in vain, the suspension of controls until ... 2023! Unacceptable for the EU, Judge Elvire Fabry. Because during that time, London is negotiating free trade agreements with third countries. This would mean opening the door of the single market, without control, to goods from all these states.

How to get out of the deadlock? Boris Johnson postpones the deadline without offering a solution, observes the researcher. This illustrates the limits of its strategic approach in negotiations. And his unpreparedness.

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