Tension rises after UK push for the ECJ to be stripped of any governing function in the EU-UK Brexit deal.

THE EC stated on Monday that removing the EU’s top court’s oversight from aspects of the UK’s Brexit deal overseeing trade on the island of Ireland would simply block Northern Ireland off from the European market. 

At a press conference, a spokesman for the European Commission said: “Our focus should be on those issues that matter the most to the people of Northern Ireland and not on requests such as removing the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ).” 

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“Doing this would effectively mean cutting Northern Ireland off from the EU’s single market and related opportunities.” 

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On Saturday, British Brexit negotiator David Frost leaked excerpts from a speech planned this week, reaffirming London’s long-standing demand that the European Court of Justice be stripped of any governing function in the EU-UK deal governing their new ties after Brexit. 

The Commission said it would present concrete suggestions this week to remove trade barriers between Northern Ireland and EU member state Ireland, but that they would not depart significantly from the current Brexit arrangement. 

If the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement is to survive, amendments to the Northern Ireland Protocol are required, according to Downing Street. 

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The UK had signed up to the agreement in “good faith,” but the way it was being implemented by the EU was unsustainable, according to the Prime Minister’s official spokesman. 

“It was formed in the spirit of compromise in challenging circumstances.” 

“Since then we have seen how the EU is inclined to operate the governance arrangements, issuing infraction proceeding against the UK at the first sign of disagreement,” the spokesman said. 

“These arrangements aren’t sustainable, we need to find a new way of resolving issues that arise between us using mechanisms normal in other international treaties.” 

“It is unheard of for bilateral agreements being policed by the courts of one of the parties.” 

However, Ireland’s foreign minister has accused the UK government of dismissing EU proposals for the Northern Ireland Protocol before they are published. 

Simon Coveney also accused the British government of “shifting the playing field” away from resolving the protocol’s concerns. 

He said this in response to the Brexit minister’s demand that the European Court of Justice’s position in the Northern Ireland Protocol be removed. 

“Each time that the European Union comes forward with new ideas and new proposals to try and solve problems, they are dismissed before they are released, and that’s happening again this week,” Mr Coveney added. 

The UK had signed up in “good faith,” but the way they were being run by the EU was unsustainable, according to the Prime Minister’s official spokesman. 

The representative explained, “It was formed in the spirit of compromise in challenging circumstances.” 

“Since then we have seen how the EU is inclined to operate the governance arrangements, issuing infraction proceedings against the UK at the first sign of disagreement.” 

“These arrangements aren’t sustainable, we need to find a new way of resolving issues that arise between us using mechanisms normal in other international treaties.” 

“It is unheard of for bilateral agreements being policed by the courts of one of the parties.”

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