Canada has offered to help the United Kingdom resolve its dispute with the European Union over regulatory inspections of goods entering Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom.
The matter was raised in a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday.
Since Britain reached the Brexit agreement, the danger that the unstable peace on the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland may collapse has been the concern of US President Joe Biden.
London has been paying close attention to Biden’s concerns on the eve of the G7 summit in Cornwall, England-especially on how the settlement of customs inspections in Northern Ireland will affect key trade negotiations between the United Kingdom and the United States.
Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Ralph Goodall said: “We know how complicated these border issues are related to Ireland and Northern Ireland.”
He added that the question of what help Canada might provide was directly raised by Trudeau.
Twenty years ago, Canada’s former Chief of Defense Staff and retired general John De Chastrand played a key role in the successful negotiations to disarm the paramilitaries in Northern Ireland.
Canada is ready to be “helpful”: Goodall
“From a Canadian perspective, the Good Friday agreement is clearly important,” Goodel said.
“We did not underestimate the difficulty of finding a satisfactory solution, but we just want to show that we are aware of this, and since we helped find a solution at some point in time, Canada is ready to do the same again , If it helps.”
Nonetheless, Goodall said, this “will still be resolved by the United Kingdom.”
Goodell added that Johnson told Trudeau that he was confident of finding a solution.
The United States actively participated in the drafting Good Friday Agreement, Ended the 30-year-old fierce bloodshed in Northern Ireland.
Since Brexit, Northern Ireland’s business and political leaders have warned that the trade dispute is causing political instability, which may turn into violence in the so-called “parade season” next month-an Irish loyalty and nationalist community. A period of heightened tensions between.
Northern Ireland gained a special place in the 2019 Brexit split between the UK and the EU.
Because of the common border with Ireland, Northern Ireland still follows EU trade rules, while England, Scotland and Wales do not.
To prevent the establishment of physical border crossings between the two countries-which would jeopardize the peace process-agreed to conduct customs inspections on goods entering Northern Ireland from elsewhere in the UK
Unionists believe that a border has actually been established between Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom, and therefore businesses are being disrupted.
Negotiations to resolve the dispute have been going on.