Johnson and Raab are opening new campaigns in a war of words in Northern Ireland
Britain has accused Emmanuel Macron and other EU officials of talking about Northern Ireland “as if it were a foreign country,” as the Brexit crisis erupted again. G7 Summit at Cornwall.
Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab, the UK’s foreign secretary, have opened a new facility a war of words with the EU, stating that it does not want to disrespect the integrity of the UK.
Although Joe Biden, US President, has called on both sides to work for stability, the G7 summit has sparked tensions between Britain and the EU over Brexit trade in NI.
Raab told BBC radio Andrew Marr on Sunday: “We have seen the same EU officials refer to Northern Ireland as if it were a different country than the UK.
“It’s not just dirty, it really affects the NI areas. It creates stress and frustration.”
He asked EU leaders to consider how they would feel if Johnson spoke of Catalonia, Flanders or Corsica as if they were – respectively – not all parts of Spain, Belgium or France.
“We want the honor here and sincerely to appreciate the situation in all parts of Northern Ireland,” Raab added.
The controversy focuses on various London and EU interpretations of the Northern Ireland protocol, part of Johnson’s Brexit agreement on trade in the region.
To ensure that the border was open in Ireland, the UK agreed to conduct checks on behalf of the EU in the ports of Northern Ireland on other imports from Great Britain.
The aim was to stop unregulated goods passing through, through the Irish border, into a single EU market. Britain says EU wants to force “checks”; The EU insists it is trying to be prudent.
The closest scenario in the debate comes on June 30 as the EU bans the sale of cold beef should start working in the NI, banning the sale of British sausages and beef tenderloin in the region. At a rally on Saturday Johnson asked Macron how he would feel if Toulouse’s sausages were banned from being sold in Paris.
Macron, who speaks English, responded that it was a bad comparison. British officials say Macron also claimed Toulouse and Paris are part of the same “country”.
An Elysée official states that the president of France was making an issue of territories: “The president has said that Toulouse and Paris are in the same place. Northern Ireland is on the island. ”
“He reminded Boris Johnson that leaving the EU is a British idea and that he should honor his promises,” he added.
But Downing Street quoted Macron’s words as a clear indication that the French president did not recognize NI as part of the United Kingdom.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
David Frost, the UK’s Brexit prime minister who attended a meeting with EU leaders in Carbis Bay wearing socks, has resumed talks with Maros Sefcovic, his number one, to try to persuade him.
The EU has threatened to impose trade sanctions on the UK if it prolongs the “grace” period in connection with the export of cold British meat to Northern Ireland at the end of June 30.