Emergency talks between the UK and the EU on the Northern Ireland Protocol are due to take place on Thursday, when ministers are considering canceling parts of the post-Brexit agreement.
It is said that the Attorney General of the United Kingdom Suela Braverman approved the cancellation of part of the agreement, giving Boris Johnson a legal cover to take this step, despite warnings from Joe BidenThe White House and European leaders must not intervene alone.
And in the coming hours the Minister of Foreign Affairs Liz Trass will call Vice President of the European Commission Marash Shefkovich, where he is expected to say that the dispute cannot be delayed.
On Wednesday, the prime minister said the Good Friday agreement was more important than the Northern Ireland protocol, as he rejected proposals for any possible escalation response from the European Union as “madness”.
He said there was no need for a “drama” as he doubled hints that it could undo elements of the deal.
Ms. Rabbit warned that she would “not shy away from taking action”, accusing the EU of proposing solutions that would “turn us back”.
According to The Times, Ms. Breverman advised that the repeal legislation would be legally justified because of the “disproportionate and unjustified” way in which it was implemented by the EU.
She presented evidence accusing the EU of undermining the Good Friday agreement by creating a trade barrier in the Irish Sea, and warned of “public unrest” in Northern Ireland, the newspaper said.
There is a split in the Cabinet over the move: Ms. Trass, Ms. Breverman and Brexit Opportunity Minister Jacob Reese-Mogg are reportedly in favor, and Chancellor Rishi Sunak is concerned about the impact on the economy.
It has been suggested that Britain’s unilateral actions could provoke a trade war amid the invasion of Ukraine.
But Mr Johnson told BBC News on Wednesday: “Let’s face it, we’re talking about a very, very small part of the whole European economy, and I think 0.4% of the value of the whole EU economy in Northern Ireland.
“It’s crazy. I didn’t think drama was necessary. It’s something that just needs to be fixed.”
“School land tit over the cell”
Speaking to the Peston program on ITV, Mr Reese-Mogh said Britain would not involve itself in a trade war with the EU.
“Such revenge is the economy of the school grounds, and it will hurt British consumers during rising prices,” he said.
Northern Ireland Minister Conor Burns said Wednesday night that the UK government will have to take unilateral action on the protocol if it fails to resolve problems with the EU.
Speaking on the Tonight With Andrew Marr program on LBC, he said: “If the EU tells us this and they, I don’t think, are still in position to say there’s nothing more to talk about, then we’re going to have to take action to give priority stability in Northern Ireland, the separation of powers in Northern Ireland, protect the institutions of the Good Friday Agreement, and that would mean unilateral intervention, yes ”.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said: “No one should unilaterally repeal, break or in any way attack the settlement.”
The White House stressed the need for negotiations to further resolve the issues, and the spokesman said: “The best way forward is a pragmatic path that requires courage, cooperation and leadership.
“We urge the parties to continue the dialogue to resolve their differences and bring the negotiations to a successful conclusion.”
UK government “within its rights”
The leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, reiterated his call for the government to take action.
He told Sky News The Take With Sophy Ridge: “Protocol harms Northern Ireland, harms our economy, undermines political stability, so I think in these circumstances and in order to defend the Belfast or Good Friday agreement and political institutions , the UK government has the right to act in these circumstances ”.
Cabinet Minister Michael Gove insisted on Wednesday on “good relations” with Mr Shefkovich and the foreign minister, adding: “They will try to make progress tomorrow”.
Officials working for Ms Trass are drafting legislation to unilaterally eliminate the need to inspect all goods shipped from the UK for use in Northern Ireland.
The proposed law would allow businesses in Northern Ireland to ignore EU rules and regulations and deprive the European Court of Justice of its power to rule on matters affecting the region.
Importantly, this partially overrides the protocol agreed by Mr Johnson in 2019, and means that the UK has breached its commitments under the Brexit agreement.
But it was argued that the protocol would not be completely repealed, and measures were being considered to alleviate the problems on the ground in Northern Ireland.