No ratification of UK trade agreements due to Northern Ireland dispute ber Narnberger blot

European Union – Picture: Mauro Botaro

The Parliament of the European Union still does not want the trade agreement with Great Britain to be agreed to by ex-EU members due to the Northern Ireland dispute. AFP news agency parliamentary circles revealed that parliamentary group president and parliamentary speaker David Sasoli agreed to it on Tuesday. Prior to the required vote in the plenary, Parliament is expected to first “assure the United Kingdom to implement the withdrawal agreement”.

Brussels alleged that London agreed to the Brexit Agreement in violation of the Northern Ireland Protocol. The Protocol aims to prevent border controls on the land border between the British Province and the EU member Ireland. Controls between Northern Ireland and Great Britain are planned for this purpose. However, in early March, London announced that it would not continue to control the export of food and agricultural products to Northern Ireland.

The European Union Commission therefore initiated breach proceedings and activated the dispute settlement mechanism provided for the withdrawal agreement, but has not yet agreed to give it to the government in London. Parliament and the Commission also complained about a fundamental loss of trust after a law was introduced by London last year, by which the government intentionally violated the Northern Ireland Protocol. She later withdrew the controversial project.

The EU trade agreement with Great Britain reached an agreement late last year, which has been provisionally implemented since the beginning of the year. The EU Parliament has not yet ratified the treaty. The deadline for this has already been postponed till the end of April. Without timely ratification, the agreement may be null and void.

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