'Not very helpful': EU ambassador says UK should stop 'agitating' issue of Article 16 following foreign secretary's declaration
By SEAMLESS DAILY
09 January 2022
Joao Vale de Almeida, the EU's ambassador to the UK, said it was not helpful to "keep agitating the issue" of triggering Article 16.
But she said she is "willing" to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol, which would suspend parts of the treaty designed to prevent a hard border with the Republic, if a deal can not be struck.
Ms Truss said she will suggest "constructive proposals" to her EU counterpart Maros Sefcovic this week during their first face-to-face talks.
Ms Truss wrote in the Sunday paper : "My priority is to protect peace and stability in Northern Ireland.
I want a negotiated solution but if we have to use legitimate provisions including article 16, I am willing to do that."
"this safeguard clause was explicitly designed- and agreed to by all sides- to ease acute problems because of the sensitivity of the issues at play."
The Northern Ireland Protocol was the most complicated part of the Brexit negotiations, and it is the foundation of the entire deal.
we are not too impressed," he told sky news.
"i think we should focus on- at least that's where we are focused on- is trying to find solutions for difficulties in the implementation of the protocol.".
"even more eager to find compromises because we need to move on.
The foreign secretary was handed responsibility for the negotiations after Lord Frost resigned as Brexit minister last month.
The current issues are "myriad and manifest", she argued, citing issues such as bureaucracy on sending parcels between Northern Ireland and Britain and problems procuring kosher food.
"but let me be clear, i will not sign up to anything which sees the people of northern ireland unable to benefit from the same decisions on taxation and spending as the rest of the uk, or which still sees goods moving within our own country being subject to checks," she said.
Last week, Mr Sefcovic warned that "the foundation of the entire deal" brokered between the UK and the EU would be jeopardised if Ms Truss takes the drastic step.
Follow the Daily podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker "This is a very distracting element in the discussions.
you try to achieve something together and – bam – there's the threat of article 16 again," he told german newspaper der spiegel.
"It touches on the fundamentals of our relationship.
Without the protocol, the whole system will collapse.
We must prevent that at any cost."
ms truss, now the uk's lead negotiator, she will be "putting forward our constructive proposals to resolve the situation".
Goods which are due to move onwards to the Republic of Ireland would be checked at Northern Ireland's ports.
"We 've heard this before from the government, so we 're not surprised.
In a tweet, Sir Jeffrey welcomed the foreign secretary's comments.
Foreign secretary Liz Truss has warned she is prepared to unilaterally override parts of the post-Brexit agreement on Northern Ireland if negotiations fail.
truss is hosting šefčovič, a european commission vice-president, at the chevening country retreat when he visits on thursday.
"I am prepared to work night and day to negotiate a solution," Truss continued.
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