Yet again, the EU has doubled down on its refusal to renegotiate the EU pushed Northern Ireland Protocol.
European Union Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic has reiterated that it was not the blocs aim to renegotiate the deal after he declared that the UK should be fixing the “concrete” problems and “not try to renegotiate” the deal as it not in the bloc’s interest to do so.
Maros continued saying: “I believe that we can find a good solution to the outstanding issues.” .
The vice Commission President of the EU placed the sole blame on the problematic border currently down the Irish at the feet of Boris Johnson after it was he who signed the completion of the deal last December.
In contrast to the rhetoric from the EU, Brexit Minister Lord Frost is still pursuing a complete overhaul of the NI Protocol to eliminate Brussels ordered custom controls. The EU state they are refusing any alterations to the current deal as they believe there is enough flexibility built into the protocol to ease tensions and minimise disruption.
Mr Frost said: “To provide space for potential further discussions, and to give certainty and stability to businesses while any such discussions proceed, the government will continue to operate the protocol on the current basis.”
“This includes the grace periods and easements currently in force. Operational and other guidance will be updated to reflect this approach. We will ensure that reasonable notice is provided in the event that these arrangements were to change, to enable businesses and citizens to prepare.”
The negotiations continue…