The European Commission President said Thursday: Brussels Be “creative and flexible” to the Northern Ireland Protocol, but “do not renegotiate.”
Her dismissal came despite Johnson claiming that “there is a great opportunity to find a rational and practical solution to the difficulties” experienced in Northern Ireland.
Their call was in response to Sir Brexit’s Sir Frost’s request to make significant changes to the terms of the deal negotiated, saying “we cannot continue on its own.”
However, Tory peers refrained from immediately suspending some of the deal, despite claiming that Britain was justified in taking a dramatic step.
Von der Leyen said Johnson “requested” Thursday morning to present a proposal to resolve the post-Brexit trade problem between Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom.
“The EU remains creative and flexible within the framework of the Protocol, but does not renegotiate,” she tweeted.
“We need to jointly ensure the stability and predictability of Northern Ireland.”
Downing Street said Johnson said in a call that “the way the protocol is currently working is unsustainable.”
“The existing mechanism of the protocol could not find a solution,” said the No10 statement.
“That’s why we have proposed significant changes to it.
“He urged the EU to seriously consider these proposals and work with the United Kingdom.
“There is a great opportunity to find rational and practical solutions to the difficulties facing Northern Ireland people and businesses, thereby laying a better foundation for UK-EU relations.”
Business secretary early in the day Kwasi Kwaten He said the protocol to effectively maintain Northern Ireland in the EU’s commodity market was by no means “forever.”
“The deal is a deal, but it didn’t last forever,” he told Sky News.
“No one thought that the Northern Ireland Protocol would define Northern Ireland’s role in Britain forever. It was flexible.
“Two years ago, we remember people saying that there would never be a deal from the EU, but we did.
“When people say they’re not going to see the protocol again, I say,’Well, just take a look.’ “
The Protocol was introduced to ensure that there were no harsh borders with Ireland, but instead effectively placed trade barriers in the Irish Sea.
However, Sir Frost said that the economic and social damage caused by the arrangement would justify the use of Article 16 and effectively destroy part of the transaction.
The difficulties caused by the deal meant that Northern Ireland faced a decline in supermarket product lines.
Marks & Spencer’s chairman warned that there will be some “shelf gaps” in Northern Ireland this Christmas.
One idea proposed is for British traders to declare whether the final destination of the commodity is Northern Ireland or the Republic.
Sir Frost’s proposal is believed to require changes to at least three of the Protocol articles.
He demanded a “suspension” period, maintained the current grace period, and suspended the EU’s legal action against the UK while changes were being negotiated.
Brexit: EU chief told Johnson “We will not renegotiate Northern Ireland.”
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