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July 21, 2021
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Fee will search “artistic options” to difficulties in commerce between Britain and Northern Eire attributable to Brexit, however is not going to renegotiate the Brexit deal on Northern Eire, Fee Vice President Maros Sefcovic mentioned.
Britain on Wednesday demanded a brand new deal from the European Union to control post-Brexit commerce with Northern Eire, saying it already had trigger to step away from components of the deal that it struck with Brussels solely final 12 months.
“We are going to proceed to interact with the UK, additionally on the solutions made at this time,” Sefcovic mentioned in a press release.
“We’re able to proceed to hunt artistic options, throughout the framework of the Protocol, within the curiosity of all communities in Northern Eire. Nonetheless, we is not going to conform to a renegotiation of the Protocol,” he mentioned.
The Northern Eire protocol, backed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, was a part of the settlement that lastly sealed Britain’s typically bitter divorce from the bloc, 4 years after Britons voted to depart in a referendum.
It established border controls between Britain and Northern Eire, which remained a part of the EU customs space.
“The Protocol … is the joint answer that the EU discovered with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Lord David Frost – and was ratified by the UK Parliament – to handle the distinctive challenges that Brexit, and the kind of Brexit chosen by the British authorities, poses for the island of Eire,” Sefcovic mentioned.
He famous the goal of the protocol was to guard peace in Northern Eire and keep away from a tough border with EU member Eire, whereas not opening a again door to the EU’s single marketplace for items that don’t meet EU requirements.
“To ensure that these aims to be achieved, the Protocol have to be carried out. Respecting worldwide authorized obligations is of paramount significance,” Sefcovic mentioned.
He mentioned the EU provided on June 30 a bundle of measures to handle sure urgent points in Northern Eire’s commerce with Britain, together with altering the EU’s personal guidelines to make sure long-term provide of medicines from Britain to Northern Eire.
“Joint motion within the joint our bodies established by the (Brexit) Withdrawal Settlement might be of paramount significance over the approaching months. We should prioritise stability and predictability in Northern Eire,” Sefcovic mentioned.
(Reporting by Jan Strupczewski; Enhancing by Alison Williams)