Northern Ireland needs realism from all sides
The pressure brought about by the special arrangements for Northern Ireland after Brexit has become the epitome of everything about the European Union that the United Kingdom cannot accept—and the European Union is also working hard to recognize the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom insists that it is providing creative solutions for the implementation of the so-called Northern Ireland Agreement, but-just like the Brexit Secretary Lord David Frost, Take it In the Financial Times-The European Union is taking a “legal purism” approach.The EU expresses its readiness to be flexible, but the UK refuses to accept its obligations Destroyed trust. However, the situation on the ground is very fragile.When the two sides met this week-and U.S. President Joe Biden Ready to weigh ——Everyone has an obligation to show pragmatism and ease tensions.
The agreement aims to avoid the creation of a “hard” border between the North and the Republic of Ireland by effectively keeping Northern Ireland within the EU Customs Union and the single market. This led to a regulatory border between the UK and the province, which led to trade frictions and shortages of some commodities — angering unionists, who believed it weakened the province’s links and identity with the UK. This unhappiness fuels street violence, Depose Arlene Foster As the first minister and leader of the Democratic Unity Party.
Frost said the UK “underestimated the impact of the agreement on the movement of goods.” His comments appear to be dishonest, even though Prime Minister Boris Johnson probably underestimated the impact of his first draft agreement with his Irish counterparts under tremendous pressure to reach a Brexit deal. Either way, this is typical of Johnson’s political approach: find an effective solution today, worry about the consequences tomorrow. Officials are well aware of the difficulties that the “Irish Sea Border” may bring; Former Prime Minister Theresa May’s ill-fated withdrawal agreement, whose “support” keeps the entire United Kingdom in the customs union, especially to avoid it.
Johnson denied that the agreement he signed had given the European Union some moral high ground. Brussels has reason to worry about protecting the integrity of the EU’s single market. However, British officials are frustrated by Brussels’ excessively process-oriented “take it or give up” attitude, not just on the issue of Northern Ireland. In fact, there are more ways to reach an agreement on food or veterinary standards than the UK simply adopts EU rules, which can alleviate the difficulties of agreement.
As the guarantor of the Good Friday peace agreement in Northern Ireland, the United States is right to be involved. The White House has hinted that Biden will meet with Johnson before the G7 summit this week to express support for the agreement, and warned that unless the situation is resolved, the hopes of a trade agreement between Britain and the United States may be jeopardized. On this issue, the intervention of the American president who is not sympathetic to Britain should involve pressure on Johnson. But if his contribution is to have the greatest effect, he should also urge Brussels to seek compromise.
This dispute is not for the United States to resolve, but for the protagonist. Johnson should make a clear commitment to abide by the agreement in order to strengthen trust and eliminate EU concerns that he is prepared to violate the withdrawal agreement. If a breakthrough can be achieved, the Prime Minister should be prepared to use any influence he retains to push the Democratic Unity Party to make it work. With the maintenance of peace in Northern Ireland at stake, negotiators on both sides should have a solution that involves a light-touch border system that minimizes the interference of regulatory inspections.