The EU and the UK are attempting to discover an answer on Northern Ireland’s boundary.
The customs border within the UK has created tension in Northern Ireland. The EU and Great Britain now want to work “intensively” on a solution.
The so-called Northern Ireland Protocol is causing tension between the EU and Great Britain, most recently even customs officers were threatened in Belfast and Larne. The contracting parties have, therefore announced that they would make more significant efforts to defuse the disputes. Both sides wanted to work intensively on solving the problems that had arisen, said EU Commission Deputy Chief Maroš Šefčovič and British Deputy Prime Minister Michael Gove after talks. The talks, in which representatives of the British province of Northern Ireland are also involved, are to continue next week in London.
EU plans to monitor exports between the EU state Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland have recently led to tension. This was intended to prevent corona vaccine deliveries from the EU to Great Britain from reaching the UK via Northern Ireland. To this end, Brussels wanted to use a safeguard clause from the Northern Ireland Protocol to the Brexit Agreement. However, following clear criticism from the British government, the EU Commission started the project a few days ago.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson still accused the EU of fueling tensions. It was most regrettable that the European Union had sowed doubts about the peace process in Northern Ireland by apparently calling for a “border across the island of Ireland”. His administration will make sure there are no such limits, Johnson said.