EU Declines to Set Date on UK Trade Deal Vote Amid Northern Ireland Row

Earlier, the European Commission accused the UK of breaking worldwide regulation for a second time after ministers mentioned they’d unilaterally prolong a grace interval on quite a lot of checks on commerce between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

The European parliament has refused to set a date for its vote on the commerce cope with the UK in protest towards what the EU considers London’s unilateral amendments to Northern Irish Brexit preparations. 

On Wednesday, the UK authorities prolonged a grace interval for checks on some meals imports to Northern Ireland, a transfer the EU mentioned was a violation of the Brexit deal. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman mentioned on Thursday that Britain had knowledgeable the EU about its choice.

The spokesman additionally denied the EU’s accusations, saying that such “types of operational measures are well precedented and common in other international trade agreements and are entirely consistent with our intention to fulfil our obligations under the protocol in good faith.”

The grace interval was due to expire on 1 April however Britain has prolonged it till 1 October.

After the guidelines governing the brand new relationship between the EU and UK took impact on 1 January 2021, a particular protocol was launched to keep regulatory and customs alignment between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and keep away from a tough border.


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