Brexit, the EU starts procedure against London: "The change of the agreement on Northern Ireland is illegal"

The European Union restarts an infringement procedure against the United Kingdom, in response to unilateral initiatives to rewrite parts of the Northern Irish Post-Brexit Protocol. The European Commission has made it known. “Despite repeated calls to the UK government to implement the protocol, it has not done so. This is a clear violation of international law. The aim of these infringement procedures is to restore compliance with the protocol in a number of key areas. where the UK has not implemented it properly, ultimately with the aim of protecting the health and safety of EU citizens “, says the executive.

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The blockade thus resumes the procedure launched last year, after London had unilaterally extended a grace period on trade in Ireland, suspended when in September 2021 the parties sought a joint solution. The EU will also take action for alleged failure to carry out the necessary checks and for the provision of commercial statistical data.

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“Trust is built by adhering to international obligations. Acting unilaterally is not constructive. Violating international agreements is not acceptable. The UK does not respect protocol.” This was stated by the vice president of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic.

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“That is why we are launching these infringement procedures today. The EU and the UK must work together to address the practical problems that the protocol creates in Northern Ireland as a result of Brexit. I am still convinced that with a genuine political will to Protocol work, we can achieve our goals. I urge my UK counterparts to engage in good faith and explore the full potential of the solutions we have proposed. Only joint solutions will create legal certainty that Northern Ireland’s people and businesses they deserve it, “he added.

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