Image source, Pacemaker Image caption, Ian Paisley, seen here with Boris Johnson during a visit to a bus factory in 2016, said the PM had agreed to the protocol 'for semantics '
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would tear up the Northern Ireland protocol shortly after concluding the deal with the EU, DUP MP Ian Paisley said.
The Prime Minister is said to have made these remarks before theMPs won't vote on the deal in 2019.
The claims follow comments from former Boris Johnson adviser who said the plan was to ditch the bits we didn't like .
This prompted the vice- Irish Prime Minister to warn countries considering trade deals with the UK that it is a nation that "does not necessarily keep its word ".
The protocol, agreed by the EU and the UK as part of the Brexit deal, keeps Northern Ireland in the EU's single goods market and allows free trade with the EU.
But the UK is now claiming that the arrangement imposes too many barriers, as it means that goods arriving in Northern Ireland from Britain are subject to checks and controls.
Media caption, PM told me he plans to rip the NI protocol
Wednesday, the EU has revealed its intention to reduce controls on these goods .
The proposals include the removal of controls on most food products shipped and remaining in Northern Ireland from Britain.
The EU has said its new plan would remove around 80% of spot checks and cut customs formalities by 50%.
However, the m The measures do not respond to UK requests to fundamentally change the protocol by withdrawing the European Court of Justice (CEJ) from a monitoring role.
The UK government has said it is studying the proposals in detail. 'EU.
Just for the sake of semantics?
"Boris Johnson told me personally that he would, after agreeing to the protocol, he would would commit to changing that protocol and even tearing it up, that it 's just for semantics ", Mr Paisley told Hfrance.fr's Newsnight program.
" Now, this comment has been verified by another source [Dominic Cummings] much closer to Boris Johnson in his own government, "added the MP for North Antrim.
The conversation between Mr Johnson and Mr Paisley would also have taken place just before the House of Commons first vote on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement in October 2019.
Media caption, Leo Varadkar casts doubt on the reliability of the British government.
Tuesday, the former Downing Street The head of thestrategy, Dominic Cummings, tweeted that he planned in the fall of 2019 to get the PM to "drop chunks " of the Brexit deal.
In a series of tweets, Mr Cummings - who has turned against Mr Johnson since his impeachment from Downing Street at the end of 2020 - claimed the Prime Minister had never understood what the Withdrawal Agreement actually meant.
He also rejected suggestions that abandoning elements of the agreement would mean a violation of international law.
"Our priorities meant for example that achieving Brexit is 10,000 times more important than lawyers yapping at international law in negotiations with people who break international law all the time ", a- he declared.
NI protocol: the basics
The protocol of Northern Ireland is part of the Brexit deal: It 'san agreement which means g floods can cross the Irish freely. Basically trucks don't have to stop and prove their goods comply with EU rules when moving between Northern Ireland (UK) and the Republic of 'Ireland (in the EU).
This means that Northern Ireland still follows certain EU rules: Like the rest of the UK United (England, Scotland, Wales) no longer respect EU trade rules, some goods must be checked upon arrival in Northern Ireland.
But some goods from from Great Britain cannot enter Northern Ireland at all: EU rules do not allow certain products, such as chilled sausages, to enter its market. A grace period, where the rules don't apply, has been in place since January but no long-term solution has been found.
Find out more: The protocol of 'Northern Ireland explained
Tanaiste (Irish Deputy Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar said Mr. . Cummings 'claims "must resonate in the world ".
"Basically now what Dominic Cummings says is a country that makes treaties, makes deals and then does 'intention to backtrack, "he added.
" Do not make any deal with the British government; do not sign any treaty with the United Kingdom, until you can be sure this is a country that can deliver on its promises.
However, when asked about Mr Cummings' claims, Brexit negotiator Lord Frost said : "We all understood very well what the deal meant, it respected democracy, took the UK out of the EU as a whole, and it was a very good accord. "
But he said that now it needs to be changed because he "would undermine the Belfast Good Friday Agreement without supporting it ".
"The problem with the protocol right now is that EU law, with the European Court of Justice as executor, is enforced in Northern Ireland without any democratic process.ec which people can live ", he said.
Deputy Chief of Sinn Fein Michelle O 'Neill called for a recall from the Northern Ireland Assembly to show her support for the NI Protocol , following the EU 's proposal.
The Maros Šefčovič will speak with Stormont 's political leadership about the plan later.