Boris Johnson warned that a “high-risk” Brexit move could backfire on the UK, saying, “Come off worse!”
BORIS JOHNSON has been warned that invoking Article 16 in the ongoing Brexit dispute with the European Union could severely backfire on the UK, as any trade war retaliation from Brussels would be far worse.
Nearly a year after Britain formally left the European Union, both sides are at odds over post-Brexit trading arrangements in Northern Ireland.
Lord Frost, the UK’s Brexit minister, wants to overhaul large parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol, claiming that it is simply not working.
The EU, on the other hand, is refusing to budge, and last month’s “wide-ranging” proposals presented to UK negotiators fell far short of their demands.
Boris Johnson and Lord Frost have continued to warn that Article 16 is still “on the table,” implying that the UK could use it right away.
This mechanism allows either party to suspend parts of the agreement that it deems unviable due to economic, social, or environmental factors.
The EU, on the other hand, has retaliated quickly, warning that if Article 16 is triggered, it will retaliate with force, heightening fears of a potentially destructive trade war between the two sides.
Political experts believe the UK is pursuing a “high-risk strategy” by invoking Article 16, warning that any subsequent trade war will be much more damaging to the country.
“Boris Johnson will trigger Article 16 if they believe the concessions offered by the EU are insufficient, but it is a high-risk strategy,” Wyn Grant, a British political scientist and professor of politics at the University of Warwick, told This website.
“The EU has bowed down, but the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is a red line for them, and accepting it is difficult for the UK.”
“It is likely that the EU will retaliate if large parts of the agreement are suspended, resulting in a trade war.”
“Both sides would suffer losses, but the UK’s would be greater.”
Lord Frost has continued to warn that the conditions for triggering Article 16 have been met in recent weeks, but he insists he will try to find a win-win solution for both sides.
However, Alistair Jones, an associate professor of politics at Leicester’s De Montfort University, has argued that the conditions for triggering the mechanism may not exist at all.
“The issue here,” he explained to this website.
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