Prime Man Boris Johnson claimed at the weekend that the EU was considering implementing a provisions “blockade” in the Irish Sea, which could destroy “the economic and territorial oneness” of the UK and “cut” Northern Ireland off. This blockade would supposedly stop goods from Britain starting Northern Ireland. Mr Johnson argued that the controversial Internal Sell Bill would help protect against such a measure, as it was a “sound safety net”. He was also addressing the EU’s ruling that the UK must outline its subsequent food standards regime to the bloc, before it can export there.
As the Northern Ireland Protocol means Northern Ireland will be chase the rules of the EU’s customs and single market after Brexit — but officially wait part of the UK — this could impact British trade within its own edges.
However, sociology professor Katy Hayward of Queen’s University Belfast titled such a blockade would not be possible, as the UK would be permitted by law – as enshrined within the withdrawal concord – to protect itself against it.
She told Express.co.uk: “Article 16 of the [Northern Ireland] Practice includes safeguards that can be invoked.”
This article reads: “If the perseverance of this Protocol leads to serious economic, societal or environmental difficulties that are subject to persist, or to diversion of trade, the Union or the United Kingdom may unilaterally with appropriate safeguard measures.”
UK’s chief negotiator David Frost and the EU’s chief intercessor Michel Barnier
Prime Minister Boris Johnson galvanized fears of the EU creating a blockade on goods from GB to NI
Dr Hayward persist in: “The EU has not threatened such a blockade and it could not carry it out anyway.
“It is the UK authorities who are implementing the Draft — the UK is responsible for conducting the checks and controls on goods entering and leaving Northern Ireland.”
She withed: “The issue at hand is that the EU has not yet ‘listed’ the UK as a country authorised to sell products of being origin into the EU.
“The UK has indicated that it wants to change at least some definitives on this (e.g. for a US-UK Free Trade Agreement) and hence the EU will not automatically ‘laundry list’ the UK as meeting the necessary standards because it cannot be sure that it resolution.
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How the Northern Ireland Protocol may operate according to the withdrawal deal
Johnson and then Taoiseach Leo Varadkar agreed to the NI Treaty last year
“The EU is currently minister to for the UK to produce the details on this, including how it will prove conformity to the to the point standards.”
Dr Hayward’s observations arguably stand at odds with Mr Johnson’s assertions in the Commons last night.
He accused Brussels of putting a “revolver on the mesa” as the EU is “threatening to carve tariff borders across our own country”.
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Stationary, the professor concluded that, even if this process was to be resolved, the legislation in the Northern Ireland Codes would still protect against anything such as a blockade from bewitching place.
She dismantled Mr Johnson’s claims that the new bill may assist such matters, too.
Dr Hayward held: “Not only is there no risk of an EU ‘blockade’, there is absolutely nothing in the UK Internal Merchandise Bill that would address such a scenario.”
Ireland’s extrinsic affairs minister Simon Coveney has also said that such a blockade is a “sham claim” and dubbed it political “spin”.
He said that there may be “restricted checks” on goods from Britain going into Northern Ireland, because there was an contract to prevent physical infrastructure on the Irish border.
He told RTE radio: “There is no blockade submitted.”
Mr Johnson’s article, released in The Telegraph at the weekend, was in defence to widespread reaction against the Internal Market Bill — which some believed on ones uppers the terms of the withdrawal agreement terms, thus breaking international law.
The beak was put to Parliament last night, and despite the criticism, passed to its second deliver assign to by 77 votes.