British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on Europeans to show pragmatism and compromise in the post-Brexit situation in Northern Ireland, which intensified tensions in the British provinces.
After a series of meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU leaders, Downing Street stated that Boris Johnson “made it clear that he wanted everyone to show a pragmatic attitude. , But emphasized the importance of safeguarding the Good Friday peace agreement.” Von der Lein and Charles Michel.
According to Reuters, Prime Minister Johnson firmly supported his position in the post-Brexit phase.
His spokesperson rejected the statement that Macron had asked Britain to strictly abide by the disengagement agreement with the EU if it wanted to “reset” relations with France.
He confirmed that in meetings with Macron, Merkel and EU leaders, the Northern Ireland agreement was discussed as part of the Brexit agreement related to Northern Ireland’s trade.
The United Kingdom and the European Union have signed a separation agreement, which includes the “Ireland and Northern Ireland Protocol.” The agreement aims to maintain the peace agreement reached on Good Friday, which removed control of the Irish islands between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
In order to avoid the introduction of a hard border on the island of Ireland, while protecting the single European market, the protocol provides for customs control of goods shipped from the UK to Northern Ireland.
However, London pointed out that due to the interruption in the supply of daily necessities and supplies in Northern Ireland, this is unsustainable in its current form, and has decided to unilaterally postpone the customs control of Northern Irish food imports.
“It is important to reiterate that some issues have been discussed with Macron and Merkel. In all cases, the Prime Minister has expressed confidence in Britain’s position on the Northern Ireland Protocol and hopes that all parties will show pragmatism and compromise. “He says.
When asked if Britain abides by the signed agreement, Macron proposed to “reset” the relationship, he said that he “would not describe this morning’s meeting that way.”
“The Prime Minister and President Macron agreed that the bilateral relationship between Britain and France needs to be deepened. This is not subject to the protocol,” the spokesperson said.