Boris Johnson urged Ursula von der Leyen to “significantly” take into account the U.Okay.’s newest proposals for change to the post-Brexit Northern Eire protocol — because the European Fee president made clear Brussels is in no temper to renegotiate.
In a telephone name Thursday morning with von der Leyen, the U.Okay. prime minister argued that the commerce set-up in its present from is “unsustainable,” in line with a readout launched by Downing Road.
A No.10 spokesperson mentioned Johnson had advised von der Leyen options to the continued row over the protocol “couldn’t be discovered by means of the present mechanisms,” therefore Britain this week urgent for “vital modifications to it.”
“He urged the EU to take a look at these proposals significantly and work with the U.Okay. on them,” the assertion added.
Confirming the call on Twitter, von der Leyen mentioned the EU would “proceed to be artistic and versatile throughout the Protocol framework. However we is not going to renegotiate.”
The Fee president added: “We should collectively guarantee stability and predictability in Northern Eire.”
Brussels and London agreed to the protocol in final 12 months’s Brexit deal to keep away from enforcement of the EU’s single market guidelines on the politically-sensitive border between Northern Eire and the Republic of Eire.
As a substitute, checks are required on items transferring between Northern Eire and the remainder of the UK, however that has angered unionist events in Northern Eire and prompted complaints from companies working throughout the border.
The EU has in the meantime been angered by the U.Okay.’s transfer to unilaterally waive enforcement of some checks meant to guard the one market, and has launched authorized motion.
“There’s a enormous alternative to seek out cheap, sensible options to the difficulties going through individuals and companies in Northern Eire, and thereby to place the connection between the U.Okay. and the EU on a greater footing,” Johnson is alleged to have advised the Fee president. “They agreed to stay in contact.”
Maroš Šefčovič, the Fee’s level individual on Brexit, made clear in assertion yesterday that the EU will “proceed to hunt artistic options” on commerce between Britain and Northern Eire — however confused it “is not going to conform to a renegotiation of the protocol.”