BORIS Johnson yesterday faced EU threats of a trade war with Britain and said protecting the peace in Northern Ireland was more important.
Brussels is furious that Britain could suspend or tear up parts of the Brexit deal signed two and a half years ago.
The so-called Northern Ireland Protocol is swamping businesses with red tape as the EU imposes onerous controls on goods brought there from the UK.
The Prime Minister is calling on Eurocrats to rectify the protocol, which critics say threatens to empty supermarkets in Northern Ireland and create community tensions that could damage peace.
Mr Johnson has told Brussels it would be crazy to make a “big drama” about it.
But hard-line EU leaders have threatened a trade war, with the possibility that the EU would suspend the free trade deal with Britain, impose tariffs on goods and worsen the cost-of-living crisis.
Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss are preparing to unveil changes to the protocol to ensure Northern Ireland’s place in the UK is fully protected.
Mr Johnson said yesterday: “The most important agreement is the 25-year-old Good Friday Agreement in Belfast.”
European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic said: “The protocol is an international agreement.
“Re-negotiation is not an option.”
4 ways how it can go
WE take a look at what could happen next in the Brexit deal stalemate.
- DEADLOCK CONTINUES: Talks continue but with no chance of the DUP agreeing to restore the NI Assembly until the dispute is resolved.
- EU CUPS: Only possible if some countries get nervous about a full-scale trade war.
- ARTICLE 16: A trigger would effectively suspend the deal and relax the rules.
- UK BRINGS DEALS TO: This would start a trade war and drive up costs everywhere.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5319371/boris-johnson-eu-peace-northern-ireland/ Boris Johnson says protecting the peace in Northern Ireland is more important than the post-Brexit deal