Dublin accuses London of rejecting EU solutions

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney at a press conference in Berlin on December 11, 2020 (POOL / AFP / Archives / FABRIZIO BENSCH)

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney on Monday accused the British government of rejecting the solutions proposed by the European Union to resolve post-Brexit tensions in the British province of Northern Ireland.

Simon Coveney also criticized the British for wanting to “change the rules of the game”, in reference to the will of the Secretary of State in charge of Brexit, David Frost, to attack the role of the European Court of Justice (CJEU) to enforce the European Single Market laws that apply in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Frost intends, during a speech Tuesday in Lisbon to press again the 27 to show “ambition and will”, according to a statement released Saturday evening by Downing Street. He will demand major changes in the Northern Irish protocol, before the Europeans’ proposals on Wednesday.

This was not to the taste of Mr. Coveney who raised the tone this weekend, criticizing London for creating a new “red line” on the CJEU. This caused a crossover with David Frost.

“David Frost accuses me of raising issues on social media. It’s a bit strong, quite frankly, because he’s briefing the UK media to say: + Well the EU can make the changes they must do, but in fact it is not enough, we want more + “, and now it is the CJEU which is the main problem”, Mr Coveney told Irish television station RTE.

“Across the European Union it is seen as the same pattern over and over again – the EU tries to solve problems, the UK rejects solutions before they are even published and asks for more,” Mr. Coveney got annoyed. He warned that “at some point the EU will say + enough is enough + (…) and I believe that we are now very close to that moment.”

Officially leaving the European Union at the end of January 2020, the United Kingdom left the European customs union and single market in January 2021, at the end of the Brexit transition period.

But her province of Northern Ireland continues to be part of it, under the terms of the specific protocol negotiated in the divorce agreement between London and Brussels, which thus introduces controls on freight arriving in the British province from Grande -Brittany.

This solution was adopted to avoid the return of border infrastructure between the British province and the Republic of Ireland, points of friction during three bloody decades between Unionists and Republicans which ended in 1998.

But the protocol is held responsible for supply difficulties and is accused of creating a border in the Irish Sea.

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