The United Kingdom and the European Union have agreed on the Northern Ireland Protocol, writes A Politico.
At a joint press conference with Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stated that a “serious breakthrough” had been made as the culmination of months of negotiations.
According to the British Prime Minister, the new Windsor framework ensures the continuation of trade and ensures – in accordance with the Good Friday Agreement – that it is not necessary to establish a physical border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. This would ensure peace in Northern Ireland and protect Northern Ireland’s place in the United Kingdom.
There have been tensions between the EU and the UK in the past, but we are allies, trading partners and friends, and in the last year this was demonstrated, among other things, in the way we stood arm in arm for Ukraine. And this agreement can open a new chapter in our relationship
Rishi told Sun.
Under the agreement, goods arriving in Northern Ireland from Great Britain and not onwards They are automatically given a green signalIt is not necessary to fill out separate forms for these transactions. Ursula von der Leyen confirmed that this ensured that the same products on British store shelves were also available in Northern Ireland. However, in the event that the final destination for goods coming from Great Britain is not Northern Ireland but the European Union, the so-called “in the red lane”where administration and filling of forms are mandatory.
This is not the end
Rishi Sunak has another serious task ahead of him: he must secure approval from the British Parliament and the parties in Northern Ireland. And the British Prime Minister said in the press conference held on Monday that Northern Ireland will be given the necessary time to study the new agreement carefully.
The bigger question now is how Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), traditionally known for its Eurosceptic views, will receive Windsor’s new framework.
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