23 July 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The Border Communities Against Brexit campaign groups has said that the British Government’s attempts to seek major changes in the Northern Ireland protocol is an attempt to pit the two communities in Ireland against each other. Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis MP in a statement to the House of Commons yesterday called for an end to virtually all checks on goods made in Britain intended for sale in Northern Ireland.

There was speculation as we went to press that the British Government was prepared to back its calls for major changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol element of the Brexit agreement – which is designed to avoid the return to a hard border on the island of Ireland – with the activation of the Article 16 provision which allows either party to the agreement to stop applying the protocol’s provisions if outstanding issues are not resolved by the autumn. British Minister with responsibility for relations with the EU David Frost MP said this week that the protocol was “not sustainable”.

Ireland’s Minister of State for European Affairs Thomas Byrne TD said yesterday that a post-Brexit solution on Northern Ireland must be found within the confines of the existing agreement on the region. “We’re going to listen carefully to what the British Government have to say,” Minister Byrne said in a BBC radio interview. “We’re willing to discuss any creative solutions within the confines of the protocol but we have to recognise as well that Britain decided itself to leave the single market of the European Union, to apply trade rules, to apply red tape to its go ….

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