The British voted in 2016 that they wanted to leave the European Union. On September 6, 2021, more than five years later and after negotiating and renegotiating the Brexit agreement, which took place on January 31, 2020, and giving one and a thousand turns to a trade agreement signed last Christmas Eve and that It was due to take effect on January 1, 2021, Boris Johnson still does not apply it. That is to say, the British Government continues not to apply the agreements signed in the terms that it demanded and after a referendum for which the Prime Minister himself campaigned.
Again, Downing Street announces that it is unilaterally extending the moratorium on the Northern Ireland protocol. And what does it mean? That, although it is Johnson’s idea, they do not want to apply customs controls to products that enter the island of Ireland from the island of Great Britain. While the island of Great Britain has left the EU and on the island of Ireland, the north is the United Kingdom and the south is the Republic of Ireland, a member of the EU, the controls in Northern Ireland to what arrives of England are controls on products that can enter the EU, since, as a result of the Good Friday Agreements, there can be no hard border between the two Ireland.
Theresa May dug her political grave by not signing an agreement like the one Johnson signed and has not applied for months. The unilateral extension of the moratorium will allow, among other things, that fresh meat, such as English sausages, can continue to enter the territory of the European Union. And, all this, at a time when there is information in the United Kingdom about the lack of supply in supermarkets, although Brexit is not even applied to its full extent.
This Monday, the Minister of State, David Frost, in charge of the negotiations with Brussels, said that “to provide space for possible discussions and to give certainty and stability to the companies while such negotiations are taking place, the Government will continue to apply the protocol [de Irlanda del Norte] on current basis. This includes current grace periods. ”
The European Commission, for its part, has responded that “the withdrawal agreement is an international agreement, the Protocol is an integral part of the Brexit agreement and both parties are legally bound to fulfill their obligations under the Agreement. We will not accept a renegotiation of the protocol. Our position is based on stability, certainty and predictability in accordance with the objectives of the Good Friday Agreement (Belfast) and in order to protect the Single Market. In this way, companies and citizens of Northern Ireland will reap the full benefits of the protocol and in particular the single market access it offers. The European Commission reserves its rights with regard to infringement procedures. ”
At present, the Community Executive has not yet gone to the next stage of the infringement procedure already started in March 2021 and ensures that it is not opening any other at the moment.
A UK government spokesperson said: “Over the next several weeks, we will continue to speak with the EU to see if genuine and substantial progress can be made on the proposals in our document on the functioning of the Northern Ireland Protocol. In order to provide time and political space for these discussions, and to provide businesses with as much commercial certainty as possible, we announced this Monday that we will maintain existing arrangements for the carriage of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, including periods of current grace “.