Biden to warn UK PM Johnson over Northern Ireland at G7


Britain is now trying to avoid a trade war with exports of sausages and other chilled meats from Great Britain to Northern Ireland set to be effectively be banned at the end of the month. "We need the NI Protocol to be removed", he said.

When I meet Maroš Šefčovič later today my message will be clear: time is short and practical solutions are needed now to make the Protocol work.

Speaking after a meeting of the joint UK/EU committee on the implementation of the Protocol, he said the Northern Ireland Protocol should be scrapped.

Maros Sefcovic, the commission vice president, called on the British government to respect "its global law obligations", saying Brussels would "not be shy" to respond to any unilateral action from London.

'What you have to bear in mind is that the Protocol always envisaged that both parties would show best endeavours to make the Northern Ireland Protocol work, and that included recognising that Northern Ireland was an integral part of the United Kingdom and that you should support the free flow of goods to Northern Ireland, ' he told Sky News.

Preserving the delicate peace in the North without allowing the United Kingdom a back door into the EU's markets through the 500km UK-Irish border was one of the most hard issues of the Brexit divorce talks.

"He underlined the need for quick progress", the spokesperson added.

Eustice said on Tuesday he had "no idea" why the European Union imposed "idiosyncratic" rules on the movement of chilled meats.

"I think that's a nonsense".

We have delivered wholly new facilitations, such as the UK Trader Scheme, despite the very late stage at which they were agreed in December.

Mr Biden, who is proud of his Irish heritage, will use a meeting with Mr Johnson on Thursday to explicitly express United States support for the Protocol.

'I suspect that any U.S. administration would be amazed if you were to say, for instance, that a sausage from Texas couldn't be sold to California, there would be an outright ban - they really wouldn't understand how that could even be contemplated, ' told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Preserving the delicate peace in Northern Ireland without allowing the United Kingdom a back door into the European Union's markets through the 310-mile (500 km) Irish land border was one of the most hard issues of the Brexit divorce.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted the G7 summit would not be overshadowed by his row with the European Union over the Brexit deal's impact on Northern Ireland.

One UK official said: "It is a hard situation".

'It is not exactly coming at a good time to suddenly - at the start of July - happen and people can't get supplies of chilled meat from Britain'.

"I took the opportunity at the meeting to address head-on with the EU Commission and indeed with David Frost that the Protocol has afforded opportunity, it does afford protection to the local business community here but it certainly affords opportunity in that we have access to both the British market and the EU market", she added.



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