LONDON (AP) – Britain announced on Thursday that it was delaying inspections of some EU products to give businesses more time to prepare for new Brexit rules.
The UK government has announced that it is postponing full border control until January 1, six months later than planned, due to a disruption caused by the coronavirus epidemic. But the move threatens to worsen relations with the EU, which is already angry over a series of unilateral British trade decisions.
At the end of 2020, Britain left the EU economic embrace, according to a new trade deal, customs inspections between the two countries, other inspections are required.
David Frost, Britain’s EU foreign policy chief, said the six-month delay would “give traders time to focus on getting back on their feet as the economy opens up after a difficult year”.
The announcement follows a UK decision to postpone inspections of some goods from other parts of the United Kingdom to Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland continues to adhere to EU trade rules to maintain an open border with alliance member Ireland. But it means new inspections և disrupts trade with the rest of the UK. A move that upset both traders and the pro-British Union community in Northern Ireland.
The EU says any issue should be worked out jointly with the UK և Alliance և and says it will take legal action against the government of Prime Minister Boris John Onson for violating the divorce agreement signed by the two parties late last year.
The bloc’s ambassador to London, Joao Valle de Almeida, said on Thursday that the two sides should “give up trying to score points” to try to make their new relationship work.
“For all this, we must have a high level of trust – mutual trust,” he said. “Trust is perhaps the most important commodity in international treaties.”
There is a lack of trust as both sides avoid issues related to Brexit ոն coronavirus vaccines.
This week, European Council President Charles Michel said the UK had “completely banned” the export of coronavirus vaccines.
“We have not blocked the export of COVID-19 vaccine or vaccine components,” said John Onson.
EU officials are under pressure as the bloc’s vaccination efforts progress slowly. The United Kingdom has given more than 40% of its adults vaccinated, compared with about 10% in the EU.