The EU has pledged to use all available instruments to ensure that the UK follows through on its commitments under the Brexit agreement.
As tensions over trade with Northern Ireland increase, top European Union officials have pledged to use all available tools to ensure the UK abides by the terms of its Brexit agreement with the bloc.
“It is critical that we carry out our decisions. President of the European Council, Charles Michel, stated, “This is a concern of rule of law.”
“We will use all of the tools at our disposal to ensure that our interests are protected and the integrity of the single market is preserved.”
Mr Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen are scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the margins of a Group of Seven major powers summit in Cornwall in an attempt to calm the crisis.
The dispute is upon clauses of the Brexit agreement that effectively established a regulatory border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
This infuriated many pro-British residents in Northern Ireland, who are opposed to anything that jeopardizes their position as citizens of the United Kingdom.
The Northern Ireland Protocol was aimed to safeguard the peace in Northern Ireland by guaranteeing that trade with the Republic of Ireland remained open when the United Kingdom exited the EU. According to the treaty, Britain must inspect some items delivered to the region from other parts of the country.
The UK government unilaterally postponed some of those inspections earlier this year, claiming that it needed more time to put in place the necessary processes.
The EU threatened legal action in response to what it considered as a breach of Britain’s international responsibilities, but the UK government is now exploring additional delays.
Ms Von der Leyen told reporters that the EU has showed flexibility and would continue to do so, but that the protocol and the (Brexit) Withdrawal Agreement must be fully implemented.
She stated that the EU is “committed to do all possible” to maintain peace and stability on Ireland’s island. It is critical that the protocol be treated with great respect and that we safeguard it.”
Ms Von der Leyen stated that the bloc would not hesitate to employ the remedies outlined in the. (This is a brief piece.)