The Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) plans to sue Northern Ireland protocol over the Brexit agreement between Great Britain and the European Union. Said DUP President Arlene Foster.
The party criticizes this as creating barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of England. This protocol violates the Unification Act of 1800, in which Great Britain and Ireland were united – and the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, which ended decades of conflict in Northern Ireland.
Background: After Brexit at the beginning of the year, Great Britain left the EU domestic market and the EU Customs. As for Northern Ireland, a separate protocol was agreed into the Brexit agreement to prevent border controls between Ireland and Northern Ireland – in order to prevent the risk of a recurrence of the bloody conflict.
As a result, Northern Ireland exits the EU Customs Union, but – unlike Great Britain – continues to follow the rules of the European domestic market. For products imported from Great Britain, product and health standards must comply with EU regulations. This required restrictions on trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The result: a cargo border in the middle of the kingdom. This is what the pro-British DUP now opposes.
The EU vaccine is encouraging to critics of the mistake
The controversy was exacerbated by a mistake made by the European Commission in the case of corona vaccines: it was initially considered to restrict vaccine exports to Northern Ireland due to shortages. To do this, he wanted to use the exception rule of the Brexit protocol agreed with London. After massive protests from Great Britain and EU member Ireland, Brussels quickly abandoned the project.
Brussels and London are now working to resolve issues related to Northern Ireland ethics. A week ago, after talks between EU Vice President Maros Shefkovic and British Secretary of State for Cabinet Affairs Michael Covey announced that they would “make no effort” to find a solution. The meeting of the joint committee in charge is to be called by next Wednesday.