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Following Lord Frost’s attempt to try and ease trade issues in Northern Ireland, Britons have called on the UK to enact Article 16 of the Brexit deal. Amid Maros Sefcovic’s refusal to renegotiate the Northern Ireland protocol, Express.co.uk readers insisted the Government must now ditch the procedure. One person said: “For Heaven’s sake activate paragraph 16 of the protocol and terminate the whole miserable mess.”
Another said: “It was ratified by the UK Parliament and therefore it can be repealed by the same parliament.”
A third said: “What Sefcovic fails to mention is that the protocol also requires the EU to ensure the peace and stability of NI and respect the UK single market.
“Why do the EU require to examine any goods destined for sale in NI?
“It is part of the UK single market, they cannot seriously cherry-pick clauses from the protocol and twist them to justify their unreasonable demands.”
Another said: “Don’t argue with them Mr Frost, activate Article 16 and walk away now.
“They’re nothing but an intransigent waste of space!”
Under the Northern Ireland protocol, either side can take unilateral action to suspend the deal if it causes serious economic or societal difficulties.
Following Lord Frost’s proposal to amend parts of the Northern Ireland protocol, his counterpart and vice-president of the EU commission claimed Brussels will not renegotiate.
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Instead, Mr Sefcovic insisted the EU will look to explore a workable solution within the confines of what was agreed in the deal.
He said in a statement: “The Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland is the joint solution that the EU found with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Lord David Frost – and was ratified by the UK Parliament – to address the unique challenges that Brexit, and the type of Brexit chosen by the British government, poses for the island of Ireland.
“Its aim is to protect the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement in all its parts, maintain peace and stability in Northern Ireland, avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, while preserving the integrity of the EU Single Market.
“In order for these objectives to be achieved, the Protocol must be implemented.
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“Respecting international legal obligations is of paramount importance.”
“We will continue to engage with the UK, also on the suggestions made today.
“We are ready to continue to seek creative solutions, within the framework of the Protocol, in the interest of all communities in Northern Ireland. However, we will not agree to a renegotiation of the Protocol.”
It is expected the member states will support the Commission following the intensives talks which led to the agreement last year.
Despite the stubborn stance from the EU, Lord Frost insisted the UK will not look to sweep away the protocol but make slight alterations.
As set out in the Government’s command paper, the UK proposed increased arrangements over data sharing between the two under the new proposal.
The UK has also called for increased penalties for those moving products from Northern Ireland to Ireland and the streamlining of trade at ports and airports in order to ease trade issues.
The new proposal would also include a dual regulatory system that would allow goods to circulate in Northern Ireland if they comply with either UK or EU standards.
Lord Frost also called on the end of the role of the European Court of Justice in enforcing the protocol.
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