No EU-UK agreement on way forward for Northern Ireland checks


Urging Brussels to use the summit to find solutions for Northern Ireland, Lord Frost said: "Businesses in Great Britain are choosing not to sell their goods into Northern Ireland because of burdensome paperwork, medicine manufacturers are threatening to cut vital supplies, and chilled meats from British farmers destined for the Northern Ireland market are at risk of being banned entirely".

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 Joint Committee will include a discussion on Withdrawal Agreement implementation issues, covering the Northern Ireland Protocol and citizens' rights.

"I am calling on the United Kingdom government to work together on this".

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 USA president on Thursday.

Ahead of the United States president's arrival in the UK on Thursday, for the G7 summit in Cornwall, George Eustice said he believed Mr Biden would take the view that the European Union was being overly "bureaucratic".

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

The commission could retaliate with targeted tariffs, and it has the support of the United States, which could withhold a trade deal with London over the issue, according to an European Union source.

"It has resulted in 15,000 checks per week, meanwhile we have neither the infrastructure nor staff to meet the EU's demands".

"Even the Protocol's early chief cheerleaders in Northern Ireland who initially called for its "rigorous implementation" are now searching for the reverse gear".

The tailored arrangements are created to sustain Northern Ireland's fragile peace, after three decades of violence over British rule largely ended in the late 1990s.

The anger spilled over into violence in April as unionists rioted for several nights and pelted police with fire bombs. Our overriding shared priority must be to protect the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement and the peace process.

"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.

"Of course, as you would understand, the fact that I mentioned that we are at a crossroads means that our patience really is wearing very, very thin, and therefore we have to assess all options we have at our disposal", he said."I was talking about the legal action, I was talking about arbitration, and of course I'm talking about the cross-retaliation". "What is needed is pragmatism and common sense solutions to resolve the issues as they are before us". This work is important.

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