BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union (EU) said on Wednesday that Britain’s “unilateral action” on trade rules would violate international law, “threatening legal action as Brexit tensions continue to escalate.”
The commission’s deputy chairman, Maro Շ ֆefչovi:, said in a statement that the UK’s decision to unilaterally extend the grace period for the shipment of goods between Britain and Northern Ireland was a “violation” of the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol.
The protocol was intended to provide an open border between the “Republic of Ireland” in Northern Ireland after Brexit.
“This is the second time that the British government is going to violate international law,” Shefchovich said. “This is also a clear departure from the constructive approach that has prevailed so far.”
The EU is outraged by the decision of the British government to extend the grace period for agricultural inspections entering Northern Ireland until October, which was scheduled to end at the end of the month.
In September of last year, the UK had already toppled an alliance of 27 countries when it considered legislation that had been damaged, which would have allowed the government of Boris John Onson to rescind part of the Brexit withdrawal agreement on Northern Ireland.
Sensitivity to Northern Ireland’s status was highlighted earlier this year when the EU threatened to ban shipments of coronavirus vaccines to Northern Ireland as part of a move to cut off supplies to the bloc. It will contribute to the strict border of the island of Ireland. The very scenario that was prevented for the Brexit deal.
Chefchovich held talks Wednesday with Cabinet Minister David Frost, the former chief negotiator for Brexit, who is now in charge of EU relations.
“Lord Frost explained that the measures announced today, which were sent to the Commission at the official level earlier this week, were temporary technical steps, mainly continuing the existing operations, to give more time to businesses such as supermarkets, parcel operators, to implement the new Protocol. the demands, “said a spokesman for the UK government.
Before their talks, ֆefովovi ինքը said that he would tell Frost: “The European Commission will respond to these developments in accordance with the legal remedies set out in the Withdrawal Agreement and the Trade Agreement.”