As post-Brexit tensions rise, a leading Brexiteer launched an extraordinary attack on the EU.
Conservative peer Lord Moylan has blasted the continued interference from un-elected EU officials regarding domestic affairs between Britain and Northern Ireland as a row rages on over new trading rules.
Following attempts to interfere in the movement between borders of chilled meats, medicines, and guide dogs, the 65-year old took aim at the bloc’s “moral righteousness”.
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After responding to a tweet from an ex-EU official, he delivered his damning verdict via Twitter. David O’Sullivan, an ex-SecretaryGeneral of the European Commission, attacked the UK Government following his call for renegotiation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.
He said, “This isn’t about sausages!”
“It is about what the UK signed up to in the Protocol but now wishes to renege upon.
“Actions have consequences and signatures have meaning.”
Lord Moylan responded furiously, tweeting: “The moral righteousness of these EU types who think they have a right to make laws for people in a foreign country, with no democratic say, telling them they may or may not have these sausages or those medicines, what they can do with guide dogs and the like – it’s breathtaking.”
The EU threatened to declare a “sausage war” by placing strict controls on chilled meats being transported from Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
After a truce was reached between the sides, the grace period was extended by three more months to resolve the petty dispute. The bloc also allowed guide dogs to travel between GB and Belfast with no animal health certificates.
Since the beginning of this year, London and Brussels have been involved in a dispute over the implementation the Northern Ireland Protocol. The EU chiefs made a dramatic turnaround in January when they decided to enforce emergency legislation to stop coronavirus vaccines being shipped to the UK.
The bloc was facing a shortage of jabs and the UK was rushing to implement its vaccine rollout. The controversial Northern Ireland Protocol was included in the Brexit withdrawal agreement to preserve the Good Friday Agreement. However, the mechanism has increased goods checks and effectively placed a hard line down the Irish Sea to the annoyance of unionists.
This week, Brexit Minister Lord Frost demanded significant changes and warned that “we cannot go on as we are”.
Boris Johnson spoke by phone with Ursula von der Leyen, chief of EU, on Thursday. The Prime Minister stated that there was a huge opportunity to find practical and reasonable solutions to the problems in Northern Ireland.
The President of the European Commission said that Brussels would “be creative, flexible and open-minded” regarding the Northern Ireland Protocol but “we will not renegotiate”.