Macron mocked Johnson on Northern Ireland, saying, “You signed it.”
When Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson argued over Northern Ireland, BREXIT tensions between the UK and France appeared to be renewed.
The government wants to lay out its ideas for post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland within the next two weeks, which might prolong the Brexit squabbling between the UK and the EU. To avoid a ban on chilled meats, the grace period for commodities entering into Northern Ireland has been extended for another three months. Following the agreement on the extension, the UK government stated that it would work “energetically” with the EU to find a lasting solution to the “sausage war,” as well as larger issues with the Northern Ireland protocol.
The protocol, which is a fundamental part of the UK’s divorce agreement with the EU, is designed to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit.
The UK has accused the EU of being too rigid when it comes to the protocol, while Brussels is enraged that Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed to it as part of the trade and departure accords.
Last month, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told Euronews that the British should “simply do their job and implement what we have agreed upon.”
Emmanuel Macron, the French president, mocked the UK government, telling Mr Johnson that he had signed the protocol.
“Prime Minister Johnson… signed the agreement protocol that applies to Northern Ireland and puts out controls,” he said.
The protocol was the key to breaking the gridlock on a withdrawal agreement in 2019, with Mr Johnson hailing it as a “great” deal at the time.
He has been chastised for declaring on several occasions that there would be “no checks” on trade between Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom in either way, despite the provisions of the divorce agreement he had just signed.
Thousands of pro-union activists marched across Northern Ireland on Monday in what have become known as the “orange order marches.”
People used the rally to vent their dissatisfaction with post-Brexit conditions.
On July 12, the anniversary of the 1690 Battle of the Boyne, marching pipe and drum bands marched through the streets of the British-ruled overseas territory.
The Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II in this battle, which is commemorated every year by Northern Ireland’s largely Protestant pro-UK population.
Hundreds of musicians and members of the fraternal Protestant Orange Order gathered in Belfast. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”