Yesterday the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill was published. Prime Minister Johnson wants to get rid of agreements that have been made about the position of Northern Ireland.
No border controls
During the long negotiations on the Brexit deal, it was agreed that there would be no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Both can therefore transport goods to each other’s country without strict controls. Irish and Northern Irish can also travel to each other’s country without border controls.
However, there are checks between the border of Northern Ireland and the other parts of the United Kingdom. Johnson now wants those checks not to come.
This is against the sore leg of the European Commission. With the bill, the British government has seriously damaged mutual trust, says EU Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič, who spoke today with British Brexit Minister Michael Gove.
Johnson must take the law off the table, otherwise the EU will not hesitate to use the sanctions provided for in the treaty, says Šefčovič. He does not specify which sanctions have been imposed, but the EU can take various measures. For example, import or export restrictions can be imposed.
“The timely and full implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement, including the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland, is a legal obligation. Commission in a statement.
In turn, the British government states that the European Commission has nothing to say, because it is about ‘sovereignty of parliament’.