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UK Government {Offers} ‘Got To’ {Repair} Northern Ireland Protocol: Johnson

The UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the  Northern Ireland Protocol has “{surely got to}” be fixed {because the} post- Brexit deadlock continues {between your} UK and {europe}.{

Johnson’s comment came {following the} months-long talks on the protocol resumed on Thursday between |on Thursday between&nbsp

Johnson’s comment came {following the} months-long talks on the protocol resumed;}British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic.

During a {telephone call}, Truss gave {a brand new} warning of acting unilaterally unless the EU shows “requisite flexibility” on the protocol, {based on the} British Foreign Office.

But Sefcovic said {it had been} “{not} acceptable” for {the united kingdom} to threaten to unilaterally suspend {elements of} the protocol.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss meeting European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic for talks on the Northern Ireland Protocol in central London on Feb. 11, 2022. (Rob Pinney/PA)

The Northern Ireland Protocol is {area of the} UK’s Brexit deal that leaves Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market and customs union, {but effectively&nbsp also;} {creates a sea border for goods and services {between your} region and {all of those other} UK.|creates a sea border for services and goods {between your} region and {all of those other} UK.} The protocol {was made} to avoid {an obvious} land border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, {that is} in the EU. {{A difficult} border could risk resurrecting sectarian violence between Irish nationalists and unionists.|{A difficult} border could risk resurrecting sectarian violence between Irish unionists and nationalists.}

The Northern Ireland Executive, the region’s government, collapsed in February {following the} Democratic Unionist Party’s (DUP’s) first minister resigned in protest {on the} protocol. {Carrying out a} new election {on, may} 5, the party has refused to {take part in} forming {a fresh} executive {or even to} nominate a speaker for the Northern Ireland Assembly {before} UK government acts on altering the post-Brexit trade agreement. {It may refuse&nbsp also;}to nominate a speaker for the assembly, without {that your} assembly cannot sit.

{Beneath the} 1998 Good Friday Agreement, {the nationalist Sinn Féin-the biggest winner in the recent election-cannot form a government {minus the} unionist DUP,|the nationalist Sinn Féin-the biggest winner in the recent election-cannot form a national government {minus the} unionist DUP,} {which came in the election second.}

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Northern Ireland First Minister Paul Givan {talking with} the media at the ICC in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Dec. 15, 2021. (Brian Lawless/PA)

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Asked if he believed {the written text} of the Northern Ireland Protocol {would have to be} changed,|

Asked if {the written text} was believed by him of the Northern Ireland Protocol {would have to be} changed,} Johnson said Northern Ireland is “{an unbelievable} place” {which includes} “{an excellent} future,{” but “{at this time},|” but “at the brief moment,} very sadly, the institutions of democracy, the political governance of Northern Ireland, has collapsed.”

The prime minister said it’s a “real, real problem,” adding {the reason behind|the explanation for} {the thing is} that “there’s one community in Northern Ireland that won’t accept {what sort of} protocol works {at the moment}.”

“We’ve {surely got to} fix that,” he said.

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The UK’s Union flag (above) and the EU flag flying from {exactly the same} mast on March 31, 2017. (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Earlier,} a Foreign Office spokesman said the foreign secretary had {clarified} the UK’s “overriding priority {would be to} protect peace and stability in Northern Ireland” in her {telephone call} with Sefcovic.

Truss said that the protocol was “{the best} obstacle” to forming {a fresh} Northern Ireland Executive, the spokesman said, adding: “The foreign secretary noted this with regret and said {the problem} in Northern Ireland {is really a} matter of internal peace and security for {the uk}, {{and when} the EU {wouldn’t normally} show the requisite flexibility {to greatly help} solve those issues,|{and when} the EU {wouldn’t normally} show the requisite flexibility {to greatly help} solve those presssing issues,} {then as a responsible government {we’d} {haven’t any} choice but {to do something}.|then as a responsible government no choice {will be} had by us but {to do something}.}”

In a statement {following a|following} {telephone call}, Sefcovic said, “It {is still} of serious concern that {the united kingdom} government intends to {attempt} {the road} of unilateral action.”

He said {the united kingdom} had suggested Truss could suspend {elements of} the protocol, despite the {EU putting forward proposals that “would substantially {enhance the|increase the} way the protocol is implemented.|EU putting forward proposals that “would {enhance the} way the protocol is implemented substantially.}”

“{I’m} convinced that only joint solutions {will continue to work}. Unilateral action, {effectively disapplying {a global} agreement {like the} protocol,|disapplying {a global} agreement {like the} protocol effectively,} {is not acceptable simply,}” he said.

“{This might} undermine trust {between your} EU and UK {in addition to} compromise our ultimate objective-to protect {the nice} Friday (Belfast) Agreement {in every} its dimensions, {while ensuring legal certainty and predictability for {individuals} and businesses in Northern Ireland.|while ensuring legal certainty and predictability for the social people and businesses in Northern Ireland.}

“Such unilateral action {may also} undermine the conditions which {are crucial} for Northern Ireland {to keep} to have {usage of} the EU single market for goods,” Sefcovic said.

{Based on the} Times of London, Attorney General Suella Braverman has issued {legal services} that {the united kingdom} could act {as the} EU’s implementation of the agreement was “disproportionate and unreasonable.”

Ministers have said {they might} trigger Article 16 of the protocol-which allows either side to suspend {a number of the} arrangements-while {it has additionally} been reported {they} could {generate} emergency legislation.

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Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney {talking with} the media outside Grand Central Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland, {on, may} 11, 2022. (Rebecca Black/PA)

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney rejected the suggestion that the EU has refused to compromise, {pointing to proposals from Brussels which he said {will reduce|will certainly reduce} some checks in the Irish Sea significantly.}

He added {that most} the newly-elected lawmakers in Northern Ireland “{desire to} {start to see the} protocol work.”

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“{There’s a} way forward,|

“{There’s a} real way forward,} {there’s a} landing ground,” he told Irish media.

He said the EU {really wants to} {concentrate on} “compromise, flexibility, partnership,” but warned the bloc “can’t ignore” it if {the united kingdom} “undermines a protocol {that’s} about protecting the integrity of the EU single market.”

PA Media contributed {to the} report.

Lily Zhou

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Lily Zhou {is really a} freelance writer mostly covering UK news for The Epoch Times.|

Lily Zhou {is really a} freelance writer covering UK news for The Epoch Times mostly.}

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