Johnson threatens the Brexit dispute over Northern Ireland to escalate again



Shortly after the end of the world climate summit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatened again that the Brexit dispute over Northern Ireland would escalate.

London – Shortly after the end of the world climate summit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatened again that the Brexit dispute over Northern Ireland would escalate. Although he prefers a negotiated solution, he reserves the right to use the emergency mechanism from Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, Johnson said on Monday evening. This could allow London to temporarily suspend parts of the agreement. Brussels and Dublin had warned against such a step. In the worst case scenario, the trade pact could collapse, Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney recently warned.

The Northern Ireland Protocol is part of the Withdrawal Agreement. It is agreed that the British province will continue to follow the rules of the EU internal market. This is to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the EU state Ireland. The result is that goods are controlled between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. This inner-UK customs border is a thorn in the side of loyalists in the province. It is important for the EU so that goods via Great Britain do not enter the Union uncontrolled.

“If we trigger Article 16 – which, by the way, is a perfectly legitimate part of this protocol – it will be perfectly justified and appropriate because we believe that it is the only way to protect the territorial integrity of our country,” said Johnson. He had not formulated this threatening backdrop so clearly before.

He gave the EU a swipe and recalled the dispute over the export of corona vaccines. A collective shame about how international cooperation failed in the corona pandemic may have contributed to better cooperation at the climate summit in Glasgow, said the Tory politician. Great Britain fell victim to “crazy decisions by some states to stop the export of vaccines”. In fact, it was London that prevented vaccines from being exported. (dpa)


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