US President Joe Biden has warned Liz Truss not to unilaterally abandon the deal between the UK and the EU over the Northern Ireland trade deal.
The White House said in a statement that the two leaders, who met on Tuesday night, discussed “the importance of reaching a negotiated agreement with the EU on the Northern Ireland Protocol”.
Britain’s new prime minister, Truss, is the architect of the legislation currently passing through parliament that will rewrite a vital part of Britain, the Protocols. brexit trade with the EU.
EU diplomats say the bill is like “putting a loaded gun on the table” and that any talks between Brussels and Truss on the issue must be frozen.
Biden’s claim truss should resolve the dispute over Northern Ireland’s trading status through negotiations with Brussels, raising the stakes in the dispute.
Downing Street’s account of the call did not mention the president’s insistence on a negotiated settlement, only saying that leaders “agreed on the importance of protecting Belfast”. [Good Friday] agreement”.
As a sign that the truss wants to cool down its relationship with the EU, it has decided to withdraw from its initial standoff with the EU over the Protocol.
Brussels and Dublin see limited “opportunities” to re-establish ties with the new prime minister, and Mr Biden now wants both sides to compromise.
Allies of Mr Truss have said the new prime minister will not invoke the emergency clause of Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol in the coming weeks, a move EU diplomats viewed as a “provocative act”. It says it would have been done.
the new prime minister’s team Consider using Section 16 The so-called “grace period” agreed by the EU and the UK in 2020, which allows lighter touch control over trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is due to expire on 15 September.
However, EU officials have now agreed that the truss will seek an extension of the grace period and both sides will buy time and open the door to negotiations to try to end the bitter stalemate. I hope you will.
As one Truss proponent said:
Irish Prime Minister Michelle Martin said Mr Truss’ election had opened an “opportunity” to rebuild ties.
“We hope that the coming period can be used to prioritize EU and UK engagement and reach an agreed outcome on issues relating to the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol,” he said in a statement.
While optimistic that Article 16 will not be used, truss proponents of the Brexit-supporting European study group say the truss must push forward with legislation unless the EU makes significant concessions on the protocol. Says.
This includes the removal of many checks on goods moving from the UK intended to remain in Northern Ireland (using the red and green lanes at ports) and the termination of the European Court of Justice’s jurisdiction in the region. increase.
The bill has passed the House stage and is now awaiting detailed scrutiny in the Senate. EU diplomats say the truss must freeze the bill to allow new negotiations. “That’s the bare minimum,” said one.
EU officials said a more flexible UK approach to asking the EU to extend the grace period was preferable to using Article 16.
Mujitaba Rahman, managing director for Europe at consultancy Eurasia Group, said the decision not to invoke Article 16 would create room for diplomacy, but the EU’s flexibility would eventually lead to the Northern Ireland bill. depends on the truss approach to
“European Commission and Council lawyers hate the idea of extending the grace period, but politically, important voices in Brussels and the EU capital say this is more important than the big fight over Article 16. We recognize that we are also better,” he added.
The European Commission declined to comment. Bernd Lange, a veteran German MEP and co-chair of the European Parliamentary Liaison Group on Britain, said he expected a truce. “What she actually does as her prime minister may be different from what she promised in her campaign,” he said.
Tory Euroskeptics want the EU to agree to a new mandate that would allow negotiators to fundamentally rewrite the protocol.