Macron savaged for ‘posturing’ in Brexit row as French president wields veto

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As a development of the protocol checks now take place on some goods travelling between Northern Ireland and other parts of the UK. This has infuriated unionists, with anti-protocol disagreements erupting in loyalist areas across the province.

Boris Johnson is urging the EU to compromise in order to safeguard the Northern Ireland peace process.

To whatever manner Mr Macron has made clear he will veto any changes to the current arrangements Ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall he commented: “I think it’s not serious to want to reassess in June what we finalised after years of debate and work in December.”

Conservative MP David Jones claimed the French leader is trying to “presentation toughness” ahead of presidential elections next year.

He said: “It is posturing. He’s actually been posturing for quite a long time.

“He’s in a very chancy position domestically and quite clearly he is attempting to show toughness as a way of boosting his chances in the approach to the presidential election.

Speaking to MailOnline, he added: “Prearranged that the UK and the US both agree that pragmatism is necessary, I would imagine that the EU will pay attention and, if so, he is going to be out of step with the rest of the bloc.”

On Thursday sundry hundred loyalists marched through Belfast’s Shankill Road demanding the protocol is scrapped.

Protesters, some wearing balaclavas, burned a ginormous banner calling for a united Ireland.

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Speaking to the BBC on Thursday he said: “You will understand that there are ways of enforcing the protocol, ways of making it work, that may be excessively troublesome.

“I just give you one statistic: 20% of the checks conducted across the whole of the perimeter of the EU are now done in Northern Ireland, three times as many as occur in Rotterdam.”

The protocol was introduced in a bid to stop a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, threatening the peace process.

Instead checks draw place on goods travelling across the Irish Sea.

Maros Sefcovic, the EU’s lead negotiator with Britain, claimed there are “numerous and fundamental delays” in the protocol being implemented.

In an article for the Daily Telegraph he warned Brussels “will not be shy in reacting swiftly, firmly and resolutely to ensure that the UK lingers by its international law obligations”.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister argued the difficulty is being caused by the EU taking an unnecessarily “purist” approach to the protocol.

They suggested: “The protocol was a compromise.

“We didn’t expect the EU to take a purist approach when implementing it.”

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