EU under pressure to ‘be friendlier’ to UK in bid to end financial burdens

Brexit: EU 'under pressure' to be 'friendlier' to UK says de Lucy

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The Brexiteer explained the EU’s economy needs a boost after the Covid pandemic. Speaking to talkRADIO, she said: “There’s going to be a lot of pressure on the EU to start being friendlier to the UK as its own economy starts to need that boost.

“We are not only exporting but we’re also importing into the EU – that’s increased.”

She added: “I think financially they’re going to find it very hard when we were in Parliament, we often overheard the UK being described as a bit of a cash cow for the EU.

“They loved our money, didn’t necessarily liked our presence.

“But they loved our money and they depended on it a lot.

“I think there’s going to be real pressure on Macron and Merkel by their citizens to get their economies running again and start trading again.

“They can’t behave like children. They haven’t got the privilege anymore.”

It comes as Northern Ireland’s identity is being put at risk by post-Brexit trading arrangements, ministers have been warned.

DUP MP Ian Paisley (North Antrim) warned he fears a “continuing downward spiral” in Northern Ireland unless Westminster takes action to resolve problems which have emerged in recent months.

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Speaking during a statement on recent disorder in the region, Mr Paisley told the Commons: “It is a denial, sir, not to acknowledge the consequences of decisions taken by both front benches and imposed on Northern Ireland that have caused seismic societal, economic and community breakdowns – of course, that is the Northern Ireland Protocol, and we are witnessing the breakdown today.

“And all the condemnation in the world – and I condemn the violence – will not make that violence go away until actions are taken.

“The causes are not Covid-19. Seriously. The causes are not the Bobby Storey funeral – that’s the straw that broke the camel’s back.

“The Secretary of State knows that the protocol lies at the heart of this because the identity of Ulster is at stake as a result of the protocol.


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“And I fear a continuing downward spiral unless the Secretary of State takes action and the key action he could take is to invoke Article 16, take control of this situation.”

At this point, Mr Paisley’s video feed slowed down and he became inaudible.

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said he understood Mr Paisley’s point.

He acknowledged concerns around the protocol and highlighted the Government’s unilateral action designed to support firms.

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