The EU is putting the peace in Northern Ireland in jeopardy – EXPRESS COMMENT
The UK government is keen to reform the politically unpopular Northern Ireland protocol, setting the stage for a new Brexit battle between Britain and Brussels. The UK-EU deal has kept the Irish border open, but the impact on trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland has caused great alarm and outrage in some quarters.
When supermarkets are concerned about getting supplies to shelves, stringent checks are on the horizon, and something has gone horribly wrong. Trade should not be stifled by red tape, especially while the UK economy is in desperate need of reviving in the aftermath of the pandemic.
The European Union is emphatic that goods that do not meet its standards should not be allowed to enter the single market.
With common sense and goodwill, a means to safeguard the integrity of this market while allowing free flow of goods between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK may be discovered.
The protocol is “simply not functioning,” according to Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis.
The UK government is seeking to improve the protocol rather than cancel it, and the EU should fully support this effort; suppliers in England, Wales, and Scotland should likewise pledge to continue supplying goods to Northern Ireland.
Above all, Brussels must avoid disrupting normal life in Northern Ireland in order to penalize the UK for voting for Brexit.
It may be difficult to comprehend the sensitivity of the situation, but it would be unforgivably reckless if Eurocrats jeopardized the province’s tranquility.
Supermarket shortages are the latest indicator that the “pingdemic” is hurting ordinary life in the United Kingdom.
The effects of thousands of people being forced to isolate can be seen all over the country. There is also a scarcity of delivery drivers, so retailers are hiring temporary workers to keep their doors open.
It is critical that the country maintains its vigilance against Covid-19, but officials should explore whether broader access to daily testing will allow more of the country’s top professionals to remain in their positions.
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