Enough is enough! Boris urged to ‘do his job’ to stop EU betraying Ireland AND Britain

Ben Habib slams ‘unlawful’ Northern Ireland protocol

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The UK and the European Union have been embroiled in a huge trade row over the transportation of goods from Northern Ireland to Great Britain. The UK Government has taken the unilateral decision to extend the grace period, which limits EU red tape on freight, until October.

EU officials have since argued the move could threaten to break international law.

The controversial Northern Ireland Protocol was created to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland.

It subsequently tied Northern Ireland to the EU customs union and single market, resulting in checks on goods moving around the UK.

Jack Ross, Union Research Fellow at the independent Bow Group think-tank, has condemned the current protocol and said the arrangement threatens the Union and UK sovereignty.

He told Express.co.uk “The Bow Group was one of the few Brexit supporting organisations not to get caught up in the heady praise for the Brexit deal.

“We raised ten points of concern, and Northern Ireland was a major one.

“The Northern Ireland Protocol is not only a complete betrayal of British citizens in Northern Ireland, but it also has emboldened Republican factions that wish to break up the Union.

“As the EU has shown that they’re willing to build a border in Ireland when it suits their political agenda, why isn’t our government demanding a border that protects our citizens and our sovereignty?

“The Government needs to end the delay and start doing their job, that being standing up for Brits in all parts of the United Kingdom and defending the Union itself.”

The existing trade regulations relating to Northern Ireland were due to expire at the end of March.

Supermarkets would have had to produce export health certificates for all shipments of animal products.

UK Cabinet member Lord David Frost said the UK’s intervention should allow time for constructive discussions with counterparts in Brussels.

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic said the announcement by the UK Government on Wednesday had come as a “very negative surprise”.

He added the European Commission was now working on “infringement proceedings” against the UK.

MEPs in the European Parliament have already taken steps to delay formal ratification of the wider trade and corporation agreement signed last December.

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster said the EU has taken a “very belligerent approach” to the issues facing her country.

She said: “It was quite clear to me that there wasn’t going to be a meeting of minds.

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“So the UK Government was going to have to take action, given that the grace period for goods in terms of supermarkets ended at the end of this month.”

Mrs Foster added: “The number of checks that are occurring between Great Britain and Northern Ireland are so disproportionate to the risk to the EU single market that it has become completely out of step with what the protocol was meant to do.”

Mr Johnson had attempted to play down the dispute with the EU, and argued the UK Government was taking “temporary and technical measures” to ensure trade kept flowing.

He added: “I’m sure with a bit of goodwill and common sense all these technical problems are eminently solvable.”

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