The Brexit saga has reached a boiling point! Ireland, enraged, demands that the UK concede: “We’ve been pragmatic!” ’
IN THE DISCUSSION OVER Brexit checks in Northern Ireland, IRELAND has called on Boris Johnson to capitulate.
Its prime minister, Micheal Martin, stated that in order to prevent a hard border, Downing Street will have to match the European Union’s “pragmatism” in resolving the concerns around the protocol. He requested the “full application” of the post-Brexit regulations in the area in an intervention that is certain to exacerbate tensions between the EU and the UK. It happened after he signed off on Ireland’s plans to use EU recovery funds with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
“I appreciate that, and I praised the President for the Commission’s recent decision to resolve some difficulties that have emerged under the protocol, including agreeing to the extension of the grace period on chilled meats,” Mr Martin said at a news conference in Dublin.
“Under Vice-President Sefcovic’s leadership, the Commission team has demonstrated flexibility and pragmatism.
“I hope and think that this spirit will be reciprocated, and that the following months will be constructive in ensuring that the protocol is fully implemented in a way that benefits the people of Northern Ireland and Ireland.”
Mr Martin thanked Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic, the EU’s Brexit negotiator, for reaching out to individuals in Northern Ireland to discuss the Protocol’s difficulties.
“The protocol is the answer to the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland, not the problem,” Mrs von der Leyen said.
“It is the only solution we have discovered with the UK, after years of discussion, to guarantee peace and stability on the island of Ireland, as well as the integrity of the single market,” she said.
“We are sure that the protocol must be applied in order to attain these goals.
“We have demonstrated enormous flexibility, inventiveness, and pragmatism as the European Commission in recent years and weeks, if I may remind you of the grace period extensions.”
“I cannot think that our British allies will not exhibit the same flexibility and pragmatism since we all share the same goal of peace and stability on the island of Ireland,” she continued in a warning to Prime Minister Mr Johnson.
Britain is asking that the EU seek to reduce the region’s post-Brexit regulatory costs.
Penny Mordaunt is a Cabinet Office minister. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”