Vale de Almeida: ‘Great opportunities for Northern Ireland’
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While the two sides came to a truce over the export of chilled meats to Northern Ireland, one MP has warned the EU will continue to be belligerent and hostile towards Britain. Speaking to Express.co.uk, Marcus Fysh MP for Yeovil, issued his concern over the EU’s failure to resolve the issues to trade in Northern Ireland. With the EU threatening to ban chilled meats from entering Northern Ireland – before a resolution was agreed – Mr Fysh expressed his concern for the state of trade in the country.
Mr Fysh warned the protocol runs contrary to what was agreed in the Good Friday Agreement.
Indeed, the MP insisted the protocol must be changed in order to make it acceptable for trade and life in Northern Ireland.
He said: “I think it would be wise for all parties to work hard to try to find ways of superseding the protocol, or at least the way the protocol currently operates to make it acceptable.
“And clearly, it isn’t acceptable that the clear message we are getting from the way it’s operating from many on the ground there in Northern Ireland is that it runs contrary to the aims of the Belfast agreement.
“And so that needs to be sorted out.
“And I do hope that they will work positively towards that over the next few months, during various periods.
“However, when talking about bans on GB products, and realignment of supply chains, it does not make me think that they are entering into such a period.
“With that end in mind, they are looking to make trouble.”
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After weeks of intensive negotiations, the EU finally relented and agreed to an extension on the amnesty on chilled meats.
Due to the Protocol, Northern Ireland was left within the EU’s single market, meaning customs checks will be applied on goods moving from Great Britain to the country.
As a result of negotiations, the EU agreed to a three-month extension to the amnesty on chilled meats.
The two sides will now work to a permanent resolution on chilled meats by September.
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In a statement, Brexit minister Lord David Frost said: “Northern Ireland is an integral part of the United Kingdom and its consumers should be able to enjoy products they have bought from Great Britain for years.
“This is a very clear sign that the Protocol has to be operated in a pragmatic and proportionate way.
“The chilled meats issue is only one of a very large number of problems with the way the Protocol is currently operating, and solutions need to be found with the EU to ensure it delivers on its original aims: to protect the Belfast Good Friday Agreement, safeguard Northern Ireland’s place in the United Kingdom, and protect the EU’s single market for goods.
“We look to work energetically with the EU to do so.”
While the amnesty on chilled meats has been extended, the EU has refused to grant London firms financial equivalence.
Due to this, UK firms must apply two sets of regulations in order to continue to trade.
Speaking this week, Chancellor Rishin Sunak confirmed the UK will now take a more global viewpoint to its financial future, rather than focusing on the EU.
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