Tuesday, 28 September, 2021

Biden to warn UK PM Johnson over Northern Ireland at G7

Coronavirus vaccines in NI UK press hype 'sausage trade war' with EU over Northern Ireland checks on chilled meats
Cecil Davis | 09 June, 2021, 22:52

In March, London made a decision to unilaterally extend a grace period that was given to supermarkets in Great Britain exporting agri-foods to Northern Ireland.

Speaking after his meeting with the UK's Brexit minister Lord Frost Wednesday morning, Mr Sefcovic insisted he was "positive we can find a solution, where there is a will there is a way".

The EU has threatened to suspends parts of Brexit agreement and warned "patience was wearing thin" over the UK Government's approach to the NI protocol.

Britain is now trying to avoid a trade war with exports of sausages and other chilled meats from Great Britain to Northern Ireland set to be effectively be banned at the end of the month.

Maros Sefcovic, the commission vice president, called on the British government to respect "its worldwide law obligations", saying Brussels would "not be shy" to respond to any unilateral action from London.

The EU Commission president discussed issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol with the prime minister ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall this week, Downing Street said.

But the key focus of the Partnership Council and Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee, which supervises the operation of the divorce deal at a political level, will be Northern Ireland.

The riddle was resolved, in part, by the Northern Ireland Protocol of the Brexit deal.

Joe Biden's administration has warned against anything that would put the Northern Ireland peace process at risk, ahead of a meeting between Boris Johnson and United States president on Thursday.

World leaders will flock to the United Kingdom this week for the G7 Summit, which is taking place in Cornwall, south-east England to discuss some of the world's most pressing matters- particularly the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which continues to wreak havoc across the globe.

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DUP leader Edwin Poots has said the time for talking about "Protocol problems" is over and has called for action.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's former newspaper characterised the threat as a "sausage trade war".

Sefcovic said the bloc had offered "tailor-made" solutions, in areas such as medicines, but there had been "numerous and fundamental gaps" in London's implementation of the special arrangements.

Mr Biden, who is a proud Irish American, is reportedly due to stress that the protocol must be upheld in bilateral talks with Boris Johnson.

Mr Eustice said he had "no idea" why the bloc imposed "idiosyncratic" rules.

After talks ended today without compromise, the European Union said its patience was wearing "very, very thin".

'I suspect it links to some kind of perception that they can't really trust any country other than an European Union country to make sausages, ' he said.

"I think that this is an fantastic opportunity for the world".

"I took the opportunity at the meeting to address head-on with the EU Commission and indeed with David Frost that the Protocol has afforded opportunity, it does afford protection to the local business community here but it certainly affords opportunity in that we have access to both the British market and the EU market", she added.

"But unfortunately we have got used to living in an atmosphere where there are threats".