The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has summoned the United Kingdom and the European Union on Monday to “continue negotiating” after the publication of a British bill that involves annulling parts of the Brexit Protocol for Northern Ireland agreed between the parties.
Blinken has reported on Twitter the “good conversation” he has had with the British Foreign Minister, Liz Truss “to continue coordinating urgent support for Ukraine.”
“We have also talked about the Northern Ireland Protocol and the need to continue negotiations with the EU to find solutions”has explained.
This Monday the British Government has published a bill that involves unilaterally eliminating part of the agreement of the Protocol for Northern Ireland of the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU to the stupefaction of Brussels.
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement that “the priority of the United States remains to protect the achievements of the Belfast Agreement and preserve peace, stability and prosperity for the people of Northern Ireland. ”.
“We support a strong and close partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom. Transatlantic peace, security and prosperity are fostered by a strong United Kingdom, a strong European Union and the closest possible relationship between the two.”Jean-Pierre indicated.
The British government on Monday proposed new legislation that would unilaterally change post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland, despite opposition from some British lawmakers and European Union officials. who say the move violates international law.
The proposed bill seeks to remove customs controls on some goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK. That will undo parts of the trade deal that Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed with the European Union less than two years ago.
The British Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss argued that Britain is acting within international law and blamed the EU for blocking a negotiated settlement. The European Commission said it could take legal action against the UK
The Vice President of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic, said that The EU’s executive arm will consider launching new infringement procedures to “protect the EU’s single market from the risks that breaching the protocol creates for EU businesses and for the health and safety of EU citizens.”
In Ireland, the prime minister Micheal Martin said it was “very unfortunate that a country like the UK would renege on an international treaty”.
Criticism aside, Johnson told reporters that the proposed change is “relatively simple to do.”
“Frankly, it’s a relatively trivial set of adjustments in the grand scheme of things,” he told LBCRadio.
He argued that his government’s “highest and previous legal commitment” is to the 1998 Good Friday agreement that brought peace and stability to Northern Ireland.
(With information from Europe Press)
UK wants to rewrite Brexit rules and EU threatens legal action