French President Emmanuel Macron has warned Boris John Onson that efforts to restore relations between Paris and London will fail unless the British prime minister keeps his word on the Brexit deal in Northern Ireland.
During breakfast on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Cornwall, Macron made it clear that he expected John Onson to implement the Brexit deal with the EU last December.
The EU has threatened to punish Britain, including with trade sanctions, if John Onson unilaterally violates his obligations under the Northern Ireland Protocol, which is part of his Brexit deal.
Macron is seen by Downing Street as the EU’s toughest national leader on the issue. Disputes between the presidents of France and the prime ministers of Britain at world summits are common, they often play well inside the country.
But Macron’s warning underscored the seriousness of the EU’s response to the escalating crisis in Northern Ireland.
US President Biden has expressed deep concern over the future of the peace process.
The Elysee source said at a breakfast in English that Macron told Onson that he was ready to re-establish relations with London, that Britain and France had much in common.
“The president, however, stressed that this new engagement requires the British to honor the promises made to the Europeans, to honor the Brexit agreement,” the Elysee source said.
The protocol requires Britain to inspect some goods moving between the UK and Northern Ireland to prevent them from crossing the border into Ireland, an EU Member State և common market.
The introduction of an effective trade border in the UK has infuriated UK trade unions in Northern Ireland and increased tensions in the region.
Ursula von der Leyen tweeted that the Good Friday Agreement’s peace on the island of Ireland is paramount.
“We have negotiated a safeguard protocol signed by the United Kingdom and ratified by the European Union,” he said. “We want the best possible relationship with the UK. Both sides must implement what we have agreed on. There is full EU unity on that. “
John Onson claims that the EU is uncompromising in implementing the protocol, վերջին a dispute is approaching later this month over the inspection of frozen meat in the Irish Sea.
The EU bans the import of frozen meat, including sausages and minced beef. The end of June marks the end of the “preferential period” that will allow the sale of frozen British meat products in the NI.
John Onson reserves the right to unilaterally ignore the ban in a move that the EU has warned could be retaliated against under the terms of the EU / UK Brexit trade-cooperation agreement.
European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefchovich confirmed last week that this could include trade sanctions, fears of a trade war or, according to tabloid headlines, a “sausage war”.
On Saturday morning, John Onson held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.