LONDON, July 22 (Hfrance.fr) - Le Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday urged European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to seriously consider UK proposals to change what he called the "unsustainable " that a Brexit deal rules trade with Northern Ireland.
Since it completed its releaseBritain's ties to the bloc reached new lows at the end of last year, with both sides accusing each other of acting in bad faith over the deal. 'a post-Brexit trade deal with Northern Ireland.
London accuses Brussels of being too purist, or legalistic, in the interpretation of what the agreement means for certain goods from Great Britain to its province of Northern Ireland. The EU says it is adhering to the deal, which Johnson signed last year.
Britain has proposed Wednesday to renegotiate parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol that govern the movement of goods such as chilled meats, and to dispense with EU oversight of the deal.
The EU rejected the renegotiation request, von der Leyen repeating the bloc's post on Twitter, saying: "The EUwill continue to be creative and flexible within the protocol. But we won't renegotiate. "
Johnson spoke to van der Leyen on Thursday.
" The Prime Minister said that the way the protocol currently works was not sustainable. He said solutions could not be found through the protocol's existing mechanisms and that is why we have presented proposals for significant changes, Johnson's spokesperson told reporters.
Johnson urged the EU to "consider the proposals seriously and work with the UK on them ", saying it would put relations UK-EU on a better basis.
Britain drafted the proposals in a document it released on Wednesday to try to make advance stammering negotiations for faire work better the so called protocol. Some critics say few of the suggestions are new and could be largely rejected by the EU.
The protocol addresses the biggest conundrum raised by the
It essentially requires checks on goods between the UK mainland and Northern Ireland, which is still part of the EU customs area. These have proven to be onerous for business and anathema to trade unionists, who fiercely support keeping the province in the UK. Reporting by Elizabeth Piper Editing by Michael Holden and Frances Kerry
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