EU issue London with Ultimatum after refusing to renegotiate the Northern Ireland Protocol.

EU refuse to renegotiate Northern Ireland Protocol

London was issued an ultimatum by Maros Sefcovic after he refused to renegotiate Brexit. Both sides are now on their summer recess. David Jones, deputy chair of European Research Group and Clwyd West MP warned that a compromise must be reached on the Northern Ireland Protocol by September. 

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Jones stated that the UK cannot continue to accept trade delays with Northern Ireland due to the disruption caused by the Protocol. The UK was granted an extension till October before check on chilled meats is implemented. If the EU fails to reach a compromise, Jones suggested that the UK might consider using Article 16 in the Brexit deal.

The Express reported Mr Jones as saying: “I think they’ll have to make an assessment before the end of September.”

“I think that’s something that’s really going to have to be arrived at early in September.”

“But certainly, one would expect them to come back with something positive early in September.”  

“Otherwise, the Government will certainly have to make arrangements to notify businesses that their next step is going to be invoking Article 16.”

“Because of course, businesses have to make their arrangements.”

“They need to know where they stand. And of course, one of the problems is there has been a diversion of trade without doubt.” 

A No10 spokesman said: “The Prime Minister set out that the way the Protocol was currently operating was unsustainable.”  

“He urged the EU to look at those proposals seriously and work with the UK on them.”

EU Commission Prwsident said: “The EU will continue to be creative and flexible within the Protocol framework. But we will not renegotiate.

“We must jointly ensure stability and predictability in Northern Ireland.”

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