Today, Michael Gove meets Vice President of the EU Commission Maros Sefcovic to talk about the issues on trade and borders in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland officials will meet gove to support an extension of the grace period to 2023.
Before the meeting has already started, the EU Vice President has said there could be no extension of the grace period that’s currently in place in Northern Ireland.
Maros Sefcovic said: “Not everything can be solved. There are inevitable consequences of Brexit, and simply we have to follow EU law, we have to follow the agreement we just signed.
“The EU will always remain constructive and solution-driven, but I’ve also reminded my British partners that this must be a two-way street.
“We’ve had a very intense session in December to make sure entry points would be up and ready by the middle of this year.
“That we would have real-time access to the IT customs systems which would smooth further customs formalities, that we would more information on how the trusted trader scheme is working for GB distributors to make sure supermarkets in NI are properly supplied.”
The EU only seem to be flexible when it suits their agenda. As it stands, Northern Ireland is in a grace period, where not all EU rules regarding the single market are applied in Northern Ireland.
Once that grace period is over, Northern Ireland will have to play by EU single market rules which means the EU can have more jurisdiction over the flow of goods, something the EU can use against Britain by putting a single market border down the Irish Sea. Two thirds of GB retailers plan to stop selling to Northern Ireland by April because of Irish Sea border, survey finds https://t.co/b5ygwfPJau
Two thirds of GB retailers plan to stop selling to Northern Ireland by April because of Irish Sea border, survey finds https://t.co/b5ygwfPJau— Belfast News Letter (@News_Letter) February 24, 2021
This is why it’s imperative for the EU that the grace period ends in Northern Ireland. This is also why the DUP leader Arlene Foster has been urging the UK government to scrap the Northern Ireland protocol in its entirety because they can see what’s coming.
What are your thoughts on this? Should the Northern Ireland Protocol be scrapped?
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