EU not interested in protecting the Belfast Peace Agreement: Northern Ireland’s first minister
© Reuters. Puzzle with printed EU and UK flags
LONDON (Reuters) – Northern Ireland’s first minister said the European Union’s promise to take legal action against the UK to extend the grace period for trade shows that protecting the trade bloc, not the Belfast peace accord, is a priority.
“What they are only interested in is the protection of their block. They are not interested in protecting the Belfast Accord as they claim,” Arlene Foster told BBC Radio on Friday.
“If it were you, you wouldn’t be taking the actions you are taking.”
The European Union announced on Wednesday that it would take legal action after the British government unilaterally extended a grace period to control food imports into Northern Ireland. Brussels said this was against the provisions of the UK divorce treaty.
Foster said the purpose of the protocol is to prevent UK goods from entering the EU single market, but its impact and the measures taken in London and Brussels are “completely disproportionate” to the risks.
“We have to replace (the protocol) because extended grace periods are certainly only sticking to the really fundamental problems of trade,” she said.
“There is a fundamental misunderstanding with the European Union about the damage they are causing.”
Since the EU’s promise to take legal action, loyalist paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland have announced that they are temporarily withdrawing support for the 1998 peace agreement known as the Belfast Peace Agreement or the Good Friday Agreement due to concerns about the Brexit deal.
Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the information contained on this website is not necessarily real-time or accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indices, futures) and forex prices are not provided by exchanges, but by market makers. Therefore, prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price. This means that the prices are indicative and not suitable for trading purposes. Therefore, Fusion Media is not responsible for any trading losses you may incur as a result of using this information.
Fusion Media or any person involved with Fusion Media assumes no liability for any loss or damage caused by reliance on the information contained on this website, such as data, offers, charts and buy / sell signals. Please inform yourself comprehensively about the risks and costs associated with trading in the financial markets. This is one of the riskiest forms of investment possible.