The Times He wrote on Monday that British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is pushing for the repeal of much of the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol, which, after Brexit, regulates trade rules in the British region, which has a population of 1.9 million. According to the letter, the minister also intends to end protracted negotiations with Brussels on relations after Britain’s departure from the EU.
“I spoke with Prime Minister Boris Johnson this morning. Regarding the protocol, I emphasized the need to intensify discussions between the EU and the United Kingdom and to avoid any unilateral action, “Martin said on Twitter. He added that he had agreed with the British Prime Minister on the need to form a Northern Ireland regional government as soon as possible.
Due to the protocol, Northern Ireland has partially lost its strong ties with the United Kingdom, as it must comply with EU single market and customs union rules. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which represents the Protestant and Pro-British sections of the electorate in Northern Ireland, is demanding its abolition. On weekends Northern Ireland parliamentary elections however, the DUP ended second – for the first time in history, the Catholic Republican party Sinn Féin, which was pushing for the unification of Northern Ireland with the Republic of Ireland, which is a member of the EU, won.
London has long threatened to unilaterally repeal some parts of the protocol. EU Ambassador to Britain Joao Vale de Almeida said the bloc was ready to resume talks on the protocol after a break over the election, but would not reconsider the arrangement, which is key to post-Brexit trade rules.
“Let’s be clear: we are not ready to renegotiate an international agreement that we signed a few years ago,” Vale de Almeida told the BBC. “But it is also clear to us that unilateral action creates more problems than it solves. So we have to find jointly agreed solutions, “added the EU ambassador.
Republicans and unionists have been abiding by power-sharing arrangements since 1998, based on a Good Friday peace agreement that ended the country’s long-running conflict. The DUP on Monday refused to join the coalition with the Sinn Féin party. Due to electoral mathematics, Northern Ireland is likely to face a stalemate and extremely complex government formation.