Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen meet for dinner as they will try to reach a post-Brexit trade deal on December 9, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium.
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LONDON – The European Union is threatening to take new legal action with Britain on discrepancies in post-Brexit trade arrangements.
As part of its exit from the European Union, Britain agreed to conduct inspections for goods moving across the Irish Sea from Scotland, Wales and England to Northern Ireland. The latter group remains part of the EU̵7;s only commodity market to circumvent a stiff border with the Republic of Ireland in what is known as the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The UK has until the end of this month to forward these checks. But decided to extend the implementation period until October. The move, which the European Commission has said, violates international agreements and law.
Maros Sefcovic, Vice-President of the European Commission “Expressed the EU’s strong concern about Britain’s unilateral action as this violates the relevant essential requirements of the Ireland / Northern Ireland Protocol,” the Commission said in a statement on the matter. Wednesday, before a call between EU and UK representatives.
“The European Commission will respond to these developments in accordance with established legal procedures,” the statement said.
The UK government said it had informed the Commission. “Earlier this week” before it was made public and the extension of the grace period for its implementation was a temporary technical “step”. “To allow more time for businesses such as supermarkets and parcel operators to adjust. To implement the new requirements “
Supermarkets and other food retailers are required to have a health certificate when shipping animal products.
Ireland’s head of foreign affairs Simon Coveney said in a statement that the UK’s decision was “It does not contribute significantly to building a relationship of trust and partnership that is central to the protocol implementation.”
“The Irish government is focused on making sure that the Protocol, as an international agreement concluded by the EU and the UK, is fully implemented as a solution agreed upon in the island of Ireland by Brexit. “He added.
Coveney said he expressed his condolences over the move during a meeting with Northern Ireland Secretary of State Brandon Lewis and Lord Forst, cabinet minister in charge of EU relations. England
This isn’t the first time Brussels and London have clashed over a post-Brexit arrangement.
In October last year, the EU kicked off legal action with Britain after the government proposed a bill that would overrule the same deal with Northern Ireland.
Ultimately, after weeks of meetings and discussions, the UK decided to dismiss the controversy in the bill that paved the way for a trade deal to be agreed on 24 December.