The European Commission Vice President was accused by DUP boss Jeffrey Donaldson of rejecting unionists’ concerns about the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Mr Donaldson responded after Maros Sefcovic on Friday had given a speech saying that any attempt to renegotiate the protocol would create instability in Northern Ireland and said the post-Brexit deal would need to be fully implemented.
The protocol was made by the UK and the EU agreed to maintain a free-flowing land border on the island of Ireland after Brexit.
Trade unionists in Northern Ireland have been vehemently opposed to its terms of additional controls on goods entering the region from the rest of the UK .
Mr Donaldson said: “The EU Vice-President is of course entitled to his opinion and we understand that ss any solution that we have to find to overcome the enormous difficulties created by the protocol has to find a way to protect the integrity of the EU internal market. “.
” But I find it regrettable, that Mr Sefcovic is so dismissive of the real and genuine concerns that are out there and I think that the meeting we had with him yesterday was much more constructive and what I had to say yesterday reflects the concerns. ” many people in Northern Ireland.
“Ultimately, the agreement we have, the political institutions we have can only work if both trade unionists and nationalists support them.
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On Thursday, the DUP chief threatened to withdraw his party’s ministers and overthrow the Stormont executive if his demands on the protocol were not met.
He said the move was an attempt that Minds to focus as negotiations between the UK government and the EU to settle differences over the protocol are ongoing.
He said, “These negotiations have been dragging on for months. The joint committee has failed to address the problems and concerns about the damage being done to the Northern Ireland economy on a daily basis.
“I felt it was time to focus on what needs to be done and it is the protocol that is causing instability in Northern Ireland both economically and politically. It changed our constitutional status without the consent of the people of Northern Ireland. “
The DUP leader said he now wanted the UK government to legislate to protect Northern Ireland’s place in the UK internal market so that his party would not from Stormont.
He said: “The British government has made a firm commitment in the New Decade, New Approach (NDNA) agreement to protect Northern Ireland’s place in the UK internal market.
” That was over 18 years ago Months. We haven’t taken what was necessary to remove these barriers to trade.
“They intend to introduce laws in October that will address certain aspects of the NDNA and so we expect this timeline to help them Take action to address the concerns of many in Northern Ireland about this Irish Sea border. “
He added:” The Prime Minister is a key player in all of this. The Prime Minister has ver spoke that there will be no border in the Irish Sea.
“The government pledged in its Command Paper, published in July, to take action to address and resolve the difficulties, remove the barriers to trade and cross the border with the Irish Eliminate the sea between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
“If the EU Vice-President believes that the solution is to draw a border right through our country, then unfortunately we must continue to get involved and dissuade him from this idea. That is not the solution. “
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