April 10, 2021

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Brexit: London unilaterally extends Northern Ireland transition phase

London / Brussels. In the controversy over Brexit difficulties in Northern Ireland, Great Britain has provided facts without consulting the European Union. The government in London unilaterally extended the transition phase to the British province with some restrictions until October. “Companies should be given enough time to implement the new requirements and ensure the flow of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland,” British Northern Ireland Minister Brandon Lewis said on Wednesday. The EU has expressed its anger over the so-called “violation” of the so-called Northern Ireland protocol.

This passage in the Brexit agreement provides that Northern Ireland will in fact continue to be part of the EU domestic market. This is to prevent restrictions on the border between Northern Ireland and the European Union state of Ireland. To do this, the movement of goods from other parts of the United Kingdom to Northern Ireland must be partially restricted. For example, in order to avoid problems in the food supply, there is currently a situation that can last for several months. Nevertheless, many companies complain that there are difficulties in trade between the UK and Northern Ireland. Sometimes the supermarket shelves were empty.

The first transition phase should be completed by the end of March. Accordingly, suppliers of animal products must have health certificates for issuance from the UK to Northern Ireland.

EU Vice-Chairman Maros Shefkovic criticized the unilateral action as “undermining both the work of the Joint Committee and the mutual trust required for solution-based cooperation”. It is disappointing that the British government did not announce him as the co-chair of this organization, which is working to ensure the firm implementation of the Brexit agreement. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Cowney stressed that a unilateral approach would damage “the development of trust and federalism.”

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