Johnson and Raab blaze a new front in a war of words in Northern Ireland
The UK accused Emmanuel Macron and other senior EU officials of talking about Northern Ireland “as if it were a different country” because of the tensions surrounding Brexit. G7 summit In Cornwall.
Boris Johnson and British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab opened up their new front War of words with the EU, Claiming to be unwilling to respect the territorial integrity of Britain.
Although US President Joe Biden pleaded that the two sides should settle the dispute, the G7 summit led to increased tensions between the UK and the EU due to the post-Brexit trade system.
Raab told the BBC’s Andrew Marr on Sunday: “We have continuously seen senior EU officials talking about Northern Ireland as if it is different from the United Kingdom in some way.
“This is not only offensive, but also has a real-world impact on the NI community. This has caused great concern and great panic.”
He asked EU leaders to consider how they would feel if Johnson talked about Catalonia, Flanders or Corsica as if they were not fully integrated parts of Spain, Belgium or France, respectively.
“We need a little respect here, and frankly, we also need to understand the situation in all communities in Northern Ireland,” Raab added.
The focus of the dispute is the different interpretations of the Northern Ireland Protocol between London and the European Union, which is part of the Johnson Brexit agreement concerning trade in the region.
In order to ensure that Ireland’s borders are open, the United Kingdom has agreed to conduct some inspections on behalf of the European Union on some goods from the United Kingdom at the ports of Northern Ireland.
The aim is to prevent goods from entering the EU single market without inspection through Ireland’s open borders. The UK claims that the EU wants to implement “severe” inspections; the EU insists it is working hard to be pragmatic.
The most imminent flashpoint in the dispute occurred before June 30, when the EU’s ban on the import of chilled meat was supposed to take effect in Northern Ireland, preventing the sale of British sausages and ground beef in the region. At a tense meeting on Saturday, Johnson asked Macron how he would feel if Toulouse sausages were banned from being sold in Paris.
Macron replied that this is a bad comparison. British officials claimed that Macron pointed out that Toulouse and Paris are part of the same country.
But a source at the Elysee Palace said: “The President said that Toulouse and Paris are in the same geographic area. Northern Ireland is on the same island.”
The source said that Macron was emphasizing the geographical issue and added: “He reminded Boris Johnson that leaving the European Union is the British decision and he must respect his words.”
But Downing Street believes that Macron’s remarks clearly show that the French president does not recognize NI as an inseparable part of the United Kingdom.
Raab’s allies declined to disclose any other “high-ranking EU figures” who have made similar remarks.
Britain’s Brexit Secretary David Frost, wearing union jack socks, attended a meeting with EU leaders in Cabis Bay, and will now resume with his opponent Marros Sevkovic ( Maros Sefcovic) negotiated to seek a compromise.
The European Union threatened that if Britain unilaterally extended the “grace period” for British frozen meat exports to Northern Ireland beyond June 30, it would impose trade sanctions on the United Kingdom.