EU ignores UK demand to remove European court from Northern Ireland Brexit deal

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The European Union has refused to accept the UK government’s demand to pull the European Court of Justice out of the Northern Ireland Brexit deal.

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British minister Lord Frost had called for a change in protocol that would have prevented the bloc’s top court from making a final decision on the disputes – despite having signed it exactly two years earlier.

But the change was notably absent in proposals to overhaul the Northern Ireland deal published by the European Union on Wednesday evening.


Speaking at a press conference in Brussels, the EU’s Brexit lead told reporters: “It is very clear that we cannot reach the Single Market without the supervision of the European Court of Justice.”

The deal gives Northern Ireland exclusive access to EU markets to keep the brother open with the Republic of Ireland. But the protocol, which was the subject of intense negotiations over a period of years, is causing problems for trade with Great Britain on the Irish Sea, and the UK has called for a change.

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Mr Sefkovic said the EU had prepared “a robust package of creative, practical solutions designed to help Northern Ireland deal with the consequences of Brexit” and revealed that he had met Lord Frost at lunch on Friday. was invited to discuss them.

But he refused to accept the UK’s declaration that the court’s jurisdiction was a red line, saying: “I think our aim today is to stay on a positive note, to stick to the benefits of this package.” , and which dual Northern Ireland market access is being offered.

“I believe what will be presented today is such a fascinating picture that we will really focus all our creative and creative energies on how to make it as good as possible for the people and businesses in Northern Ireland So I want to focus on that positive agenda, I want to focus on solutions, and I hope Lord Frost joins me on that.

Mr Sefkovic said the ECJ issue was raised only once in all discussions with the people in Northern Ireland about the protocol. The EU’s Brexit chief, who took the role after Michel Barnier retired, said the bloc had “turned our rules upside down and inside out” to find new solutions.

The European Commission’s proposals, unveiled Wednesday afternoon, would see an 80 percent reduction in spot checks on food crossing the Irish Sea, and certificate lorry drivers would have to offer from a hundred to just one.

Restrictions on “cold meat” such as sausage will also be eased, customs paperwork on manufactured goods will be halved, and restrictions on carrying drugs across the Irish Sea will be lifted.


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