Talks between Brexit minister Lord Frost and the European Commission’s Maros Sefcovic on Wednesday failed to make a breakthrough on the protocol. The EU has threatened to launch a trade war against Britain if the Government fails to implement checks on goods entering Northern Ireland under the terms of the Brexit “divorce” settlement which Mr Johnson signed.
Here’s what was said:
DUP Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson told TalkRADIO:
- “It’s not only a punishment for Brexit, it’s also an attempt to undo Brexit because Northern Ireland is a trojan horse which they’re using. They create the problem first of all by imposing all of these checks which are disrupting the Northern Ireland economy and creating tensions.”
- “Next they propose a solution, the solution is if the UK as a whole aligned itself with EU laws there wouldn’t be a problem. They’re using Northern Ireland to try and undo Brexit.
- “My solution for Boris Johnson is to simply say that trade which goes into the EU and those very small companies which trade with the Republic of Ireland, let them be subject to scrutiny that they abide by EU regulations.”
- “But let the rest of the country and businesses operate under British law rather than impose EU law on Northern Ireland and as a result of that bring about these checks.”
Speaking at a press conference in Brussels ahead of the G7 summit, Ursula Von Der Leyen said:
- “We have been debating that for years and we have found the one and only solution. We have a treaty on that – the Withdrawal Agreement. It has been signed by both sides. It is important that we now implement the protocol.”
- “We have shown flexibility, we will show flexibility, but the protocol and the Withdrawal Agreement have to be implemented completely.”