The new leader of Northern Ireland’s largest political party, Edwin Putz, accused the European Union of treating the region as a political “plaything” on Sunday because of continuing tensions between the UK and Brussels over the implementation of post-Brexit trade rules.
Putz, who became The leader of the Democratic Unification Party argued on Thursday that although the European Commission has been “wholeheartedly” committed to maintaining peace in the region in the past, the “current group” of members are indifferent to the peace process in Northern Ireland. .
The leaders of the DUP came to power and pledged to take a tougher stance on the Northern Ireland Protocol, which is part of the 2019 treaty, which ensures that the United Kingdom officially leaves the European Union. It aims to avoid the land border on the island of Ireland.
“I [is] Trying to punish Britain, so Northern Ireland was used as a plaything”, he told the BBC Andrew Mar Show“We are British citizens, we are EU citizens, and we deserve the same respect as everyone else.”
Putz’s predecessor Arlene Fosterr Part of the reason for her expulsion was that she was deemed to be not tough enough on the agreement. She stated that the British government would have “reason” to invoke a clause called Article 16 to suspend part of the agreement on the grounds of “economic and social damage”. The result is “very obvious.”
Article 16 allows either party to suspend part of the agreement, which can be triggered if the EU or the United Kingdom believes that the agreement is causing “economic, social or environmental difficulties.”
The DUP leader stated that the agreement requires the region to comply with EU customs rules on goods and requires that goods transported between the UK and Northern Ireland be inspected, which has “caused huge damage” and should be “abandoned”.
He said: “We have had violence on the streets of Northern Ireland that has never happened in many years. This happened with the support of the agreement,” adding that the EU “played fast and relaxed”.
Companies in the region complained about higher costs and extra paperwork caused by imports and exports.The area also faces Higher cost Once the department’s grace period expires in October,
Earlier this month, during his first official visit to Northern Ireland, Lord David Frost, the Chief Minister for Brexit Affairs of the British Government, met with businesses and community members in Northern Ireland and discussed everything from the complexity of paperwork to supply chain disruption. And other issues.
After the meeting, Frost warned that the agreement was “Facing major challenges“And believes that a quick solution is needed to “minimize the disturbance to the daily lives of the people of Northern Ireland.”
In response to Putz’s criticism, Marros Sevkovic, vice chairman of the committee, stated that it was “committed” to the Good Friday Agreement, which ended 30 years of violent sectarian conflict in 1998. “We are really working very closely to ensure that the agreement is turned into an opportunity,” he told the BBC.
The head of EU-UK relations, Sevkovic, said that Brussels has been “going all out” to ensure the smooth implementation of the agreement, adding that more cooperation from the UK is needed.
Unionists believe that the agreement changed the status of Northern Ireland in the UK and violated the terms of the peace agreement, which was included in the GFA.
Sefcovic said that the European Union is working to resolve issues related to the agreement, from barriers to the movement of guide dogs between Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom to steel tariffs, value-added taxes on used cars, and a more general issue of food safety inspections.
However, “from the perspective of the UK, we still don’t have a basic answer,” Sefcovic said.
The British government said on Sunday that it remains focused on resolving the “major challenges” that the agreement posed.
Additional reporting by Javier Espinoza in Brussels