Sausage wars victory: EU surrenders over British bangers sold in Northern Ireland
By SEAMLESS DAILY
08 October 2021
The EU will seek to sweeten its package of proposals over the post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland by lifting a prohibition on sausages made in Britain.
Despite the EU's stern stance over chilled meats, the Commission is now willing to allow "national identity goods" such as sausages to enter Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland's institutions will also be given a stronger voice in Brussels in order to deal with the democratic deficit caused by the region staying within the single market but without a say on legislation.
The prime minister and his Brexit minister, David Frost, have repeatedly threatened to trigger article 16 suspending parts of the protocol unless there is a thoroughgoing renegotiation.
Joe Biden's national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, gave the prime minister a boost in his demand for a full renegotiation on Thursday evening.
Speaking to the BBC in Brussels, United States national security adviser Jake Sullivan warned the British government that suspending the protocol would be a "serious risk to stability".
"The Northern Ireland protocol was agreed between the EU and the UK and our view is that the two sides should work together in a constructive way to find a deal and a way forward," he told the BBC.
"Without something like the Northern Ireland protocol and with the possibility of the return of a hard border between NI and the Republic of Ireland, we will have a serious risk to stability and to the sanctity of the Good Friday agreement, and that is of significant concern to the US."
Mr Šefčovič told an event in Dublin that he hoped talks would begin before the end of October.
"i believe the package of practical solutions we are putting on the table would be attractive."
Sources suggested that even if notice of article 16 was given in November, talks could continue to see if an alternative is within reach.
It was a bad choice.
He said it had now "vindicated" Lord Frost's threat to invoke Article 16.
French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune told BFM TV : "They failed on Brexit.
There have been threats of retaliatory measures as the row threatens to spiral out of control over the number of fishing licences around Jersey.
However, such a move would spark a furious response in Brussels and would likely lead to a legal challenge.
he said he believes the protocol now risks undermining the good friday agreement and the threshold for triggering article 16, may end up as "the only way" forward, he warned.
He said the commitment of the EU to the Good Friday Agreement was "absolute" and that the avoidance of a hard border on the island was a "prerequisite".
Earlier this week UK Brexit Minister Lord Frost said he was expecting a short, intense negotiation with the EU.
Speaking to the BBC, Mr Sullivan said : 'The United States government, as President Biden said in the Oval Office with Prime Minister Johnson, strongly supports the Good Friday agreement, believes it must be protected, believes that peace and stability in Northern Ireland must be protected. '
But it has caused disruption to trade and angered unionists who have demanded the rules be scrapped, arguing they create a barrier between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
The UK wants to renegotiate the terms of the protocol but the EU is only willing to make tweaks.
'Boris Johnson personally negotiated every dot and comma of the protocol.
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