The EU has issued a warning about Northern Ireland’s “extremely imbalanced” status.
Amid a’seriously imbalanced’ scenario in Northern Ireland, EU bosses have warned that action is needed to solve the Brexit Protocol.
Leaders of the European Union have been cautioned that rather than “prioritizing” the single market, they must cooperate with the UK to reduce burdens on Northern Ireland. On Thursday, senior government minister Penny Mordaunt told MPs that the Northern Ireland Protocol is operating in a “very imbalanced” manner. The British government is “ready” to devise an alternative post-Brexit trading agreement, according to the Cabinet Office Minister.
Ms Mordaunt told MPs on Thursday that the EU’s approach to Northern Ireland’s commercial arrangements has resulted in concerns such as “important medicines at risk of being withdrawn” and companies “giving up” delivering.
“We must answer to people’s concerns, which involves the EU working with us to reduce the costs on Northern Ireland, rather than prioritizing the single market,” she said.
“A profoundly lopsided situation is forming in the way the Protocol is operating,” Ms Mordaunt added.
“The Protocol can only last as long as it has support in Northern Ireland, so making it work is, you’d hope, in everyone’s best interests.
“We must concentrate on those shared and proclaimed beliefs, as well as our common goals for prosperity and peace.”
“As we now need to think imaginatively, we need to establish a new balance,” Ms Mordaunt continued.
“The thrust of the motion we’ve been debating is that we need a strategy to implementation that respects the delicate balance between the interests of all communities in Northern Ireland and the economic and cultural links, east and west as well as north and south.
“The government is prepared to do so, and colleagues won’t have to wait long.”
MPs then approved a long Commons motion declaring that “flexibility” in the Protocol’s application is “in the mutual interests” of both parties.
It comes as Brussels and London have been warned about the possibility of bloodshed in Northern Ireland as a result of Brexit tensions.
“Northern Ireland might look like a zero-sum game,” NBC News’ Matt Bradley reported from Belfast.
“What is beneficial to one side is detrimental to the other.”
“They say they don’t want war,” he added to Loyalists at a bonfire in Larne.
They are, nevertheless, prepared.”
The organizer of the bonfire informed an NBC reporter, “Well, I’m.” Brinkwire Summary News.