The EU has been told to be more reasonable and ensure that trade between the EU and the UK can resume beyond Brexit.
Theresa Villiers, a Conservative MP, claimed that the European Union was not being reasonable in the Brexit Northern Ireland protocol dispute. She stated on GB News that the practise should be abolished since ending the grace period would result in the bloc doing more “unjustified” checks.
She claimed that by dissolving the N.I protocol, a new agreement could be reached that benefits both the UK and the EU.
“We have signed up to the Northern Ireland protocol so every effort must be made to try and make it work,” Ms Villiers added.
“The reality is that international trade rules and the EU’s treaty obligations do require them to take an evidence-based and proportionate approach to border-related checks and controls.”
“There isn’t any sort of proportionate justification for the kind of checks that they are already imposing in relation to the Northern Ireland protocol for food.”
“It would get a great deal worse if the grace period, which is currently in place, were to be scrapped.”
Ms Villiers then went after the European Union, accusing it of impeding a constructive solution.
“I believe a key problem here is the EU is not being pragmatic,” she remarked.
“It is implementing or asking for implementation of the protocol in an unreasonable way.”
“In the fact of that, I think we do need to start fresh.”
“It was always envisioned in that withdrawal agreement that the protocol could be replaced by a different set of arrangements in the longer term.”
Michel Barnier, a former EU Brexit negotiator, has urged the EU to uphold the Northern Ireland protocol. He stated he and Boris Johnson eventually came to an understanding while speaking on BBC Newsnight this week.
“Finally we found an agreement with Boris Johnson,” he remarked.
“Not against him, not without him, but with him.”
“And once again, every word, every sentence was negotiated.”
“It cannot be possible to drop this protocol,” he continued, “it’s the only way to find a solution for all the problems created by Brexit.”
“What creates problems in Ireland is Brexit, nothing else.”