The European Commission warned Britain at a meeting last night that no further unilateral action over the Northern Ireland Protocol would be accepted.
“Solutions can only be found through joint action and collaboration,” Maroš Šefchovic, vice chairman of the committee, told David Frost.
“The key is a mutually agreed path towards compliance,” rather than a one-sided extension of the grace period in some customs inspections of the Protocol, which states that Brussels violates international law, the Commission said. It was.
The Protocol prevents the harsh borders of Ireland after Brexit by introducing customs borders into the Irish Sea.Is that Northern Ireland You should continue to follow some EU regulations to prevent extra checks.
“The Vice President has made it clear that the implementation of the Protocol is a joint effort and there is no room for unilateral action,” the Commission’s statement said.
“Only joint solutions agreed by the joint bodies established by the withdrawal agreement can provide the stability and predictability needed in Northern Ireland,” the Commission said.
Mr Sefkovich said the EU’s legal action against the UK for violating the Protocol would continue, but Brussels acknowledged the UK’s request to extend the deadline in response to the letter that triggered the proceedings.
The meeting between Mr. Sefkovich and Sir Frost last night took place after weeks of technical work between officials on the implementation of the new Northern Ireland Customs Agreement.
According to the Commission, the technical work has progressed steadily, but the two sides emphasize that there are still significant differences and the breakthroughs are a bit far apart.
“The conference was held in a constructive, solution-driven atmosphere.
[…] Both teams have been given political steering for technical-level discussions that should intensify in the coming weeks. “
After arriving at the Burleigh Pottery building at 7:30 pm local time, Sir Frost was served scallop asparagus soup, followed by grilled sea bass, mascarpone, and vanilla ice cream.
The meeting lasted two and a half hours, and Sir Frost returned to England last night.
“Although some positive momentum has been established, many difficult problems remain,” a British statement said.
The UK argues that unilateral actions to extend the grace period for food and parcels are legal and done in good faith. The UK argues that blocking GB trading with NI would disrupt Northern Ireland’s daily lives.
“Sir Frost reiterated Britain’s promise to operate through a joint body stipulated by the withdrawal agreement. He respected the Good Friday Agreement in all respects for any solution and in Northern Ireland. He emphasized that it must be in line with our top priority commitment to minimizing disruption to our daily lives. “
Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, during his visit to London on Thursday, identified 27 different issues between the EU and the United Kingdom in connection with the post-Brexit trade agreement in Northern Ireland.
Sefcovic suggested that adjusting EU and UK animal health regulations could eliminate the need for many border checks, but the UK rejected it.
It hopes that the rules will not be exactly the same, but will be considered equivalent on the same basis as Brussels and will be changed over time to match them.