EU chief rejects renegotiation of trade rules with Britain – .

EU chief rejects renegotiation of trade rules with Britain – .

The EU chief executive on Thursday flatly refused to renegotiate post-Brexit trade rules with the UK after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the bloc to work with his government to find “solutions practices ”to the red tape and inspections that cause shortages of certain goods in Northern Ireland.
Johnson called on European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to present the UK’s proposed changes a day after UK officials publicly said the trade rules the government had negotiated with the EU “cannot Continue “.

The post-Brexit agreements for Northern Ireland have further strained the already difficult relations between the EU and its former member.

“The EU will continue to be creative and flexible under the protocol,” von der Leyen said in a tweet after Johnson’s call. “But we will not renegotiate. “

Since the UK left the EU economic sphere, relations have deteriorated with Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK that has a land border with the bloc of 27 countries.

Divorce agreement reached before Britain left means customs and border checks must be carried out on certain goods shipped to Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK

The rules were aimed at protecting a key pillar of the Northern Ireland peace process, an open border with the Republic of Ireland, which remains a member of the EU.

But the deal angered trade unionists in Northern Ireland because they say it is a border in the Irish Sea that weakens ties with the rest of the UK

Great Britain denounces the “purist” approach

EU officials argue the rules are needed to protect the European single market from goods that do not meet its food safety and animal welfare standards.

Britain said the EU was taking a “purist” approach to rules that created unnecessary red tape for businesses and called on the bloc to be “pragmatic”.

British Brexit Minister David Frost said on Wednesday that Britain had tried to implement the agreements “in good faith” but were causing a heavy burden on Northern Ireland.

Frost said Britain is seeking a “standstill period” that would maintain a moratorium on certain controls and restrictions on goods until a permanent solution is found.

Ultimately, Britain seeks to remove most controls, replacing them with a “light” system in which only goods at risk of entering the EU would be inspected. But the low level of trust between the two parties makes this difficult.

Johnson told von der Leyen the current situation was “unsustainable,” the Prime Minister’s Office in Downing Street said in a statement released after their call.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson – seen here in Coventry, England earlier this month – told von der Leyen the current trade situation was “unsustainable”. (David Rose/AFP/Getty Images)

“Huge opportunity”

“He urged the EU to seriously consider these proposals and work on them with the UK,” Downing Street said. “There is a huge opportunity to find reasonable and practical solutions to the challenges facing people and businesses in Northern Ireland, and thus put UK-EU relations on a better footing.

Johnson then called Germany’s Angela Merkel and told her that the protocol “did not live up to the intended objectives”. The leaders agreed to keep in touch.

European Commission spokeswoman Arianna Podesta said the EU would continue talks with the UK and Marcos Sefcovic, the bloc’s main Brexit official, was eager to speak with Frost. A date for a new meeting between the two has not yet been set.

Following the latest requests from the UK, industry group Manufacturing NI said it was essential for both sides to find practical solutions to make their deal work.

“Both sides owe it to the people of Northern Ireland to avoid drama and continue dialogue and decision-making,” the group said. “Working with companies will bring real experience and ideas. Including business will improve trust and relationship. “


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