The British Prime Minister called for a revision of the Northern Ireland Protocol. If necessary, the government wants to enact national laws for this. The European Union warns against a unilateral approach.
British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced a legislative process to scrap agreements with the European Union on Northern Ireland’s exit status from the European Union if necessary. The Conservative party traveled to the UK on Monday for talks with representatives of the largest parties in Northern Ireland. After the talks, Johnson said everyone believed the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol should be “reformed and improved”.
“We would like to do this in a consensual way with our friends and partners,” Johnson said. But as an insurance company, his government must also pass legislation at the same time. According to the information of the German news agency (dpa), Foreign Minister Liz Truss wanted to explain what it would look like on Tuesday in Parliament in London.
The European Union had warned of London’s unilateral measures. Otherwise, the entire trade deal will be at stake, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said Monday in Brussels.
Johnson calls for a unity government in Northern Ireland
During his visit to Northern Ireland, Johnson called for the formation of a national unity government. The Protestant Democratic Unionist Party has so far refused to elect a Speaker in protest of the Northern Ireland Protocol. Nor does the Unionist Party want to join a unity government with the Catholic Republican Sinn Fein.