THE MOOD MUSIC on Brexit trade talks between the EU and the UK is starting, dare we say it, to sound more positive, perhaps for the first time this year – raising the question of what will be the next step for the new leadership of DUP.
Since the high-level tensions at the G7 summit a few weeks ago, things have calmed down a lot, and sausages now seem to be the least of everyone’s concerns.
Westminster Northern Ireland Affairs Committee chairman Dorset MP Simon Hoare said The newspaper whereas progress has been made because the EU has found that a more flexible system of standards between Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain works during grace periods; and also that the EU has shown that it does not hate the UK and wants to make a workable deal.
As proof of the progress made, a series of solutions were announced this week by the European Commission for some of the lingering problems with the protocol, including a three-month extension of the ‘sausage war’ issue – a grace period for refrigerated meats. ranging from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.
Yesterday UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that ‘hopefully when it comes to chilled meats the wurst is behind us, as I think Angela [Merkel] said, or maybe I said it.
Other solutions included changes to allow the movement of medicines, guide dogs and cattle from Britain to Northern Ireland – and the European Commission removed the need for UK drivers to carry a ‘green card. For insurance while in the EU, something that will be of particular benefit to citizens of Northern Ireland.
These tangible solutions are coupled with a legal decision that has also facilitated the continuation of the Protocol – a trading system that does not exist anywhere else in the world and that is all the more complicated.
A legal challenge brought by trade unionists who argued the protocol contradicted the Good Friday deal and EU law was dismissed by a Belfast judge.
Although the judge acknowledged that the protocol contradicted the Act of Union, he ruled that Parliament’s agreement prevailed over the 200-year-old law. The challenge must be appealed to the Supreme Court in Belfast.
As the new DUP chief Jeffrey Donaldson called the “politically significant” Act of Union decision, stating that if not resolved, it would “have potential consequences for the future stability of political institutions”, practical solutions on the Protocol were found.
The right call. Hopefully Westminster won’t have to step in, but if we do; We will do it https://t.co/3AUpdh3PJS
– Simon Hoare MP (@ Simon4NDorset) June 18, 2021
Tory MP Simon Hoare has chaired Westminster’s Northern Ireland Affairs Committee since 2019. Meanwhile, he and his committee of Conservative, Labor, DUP SDLP and Alliance members questioned the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Brexit ministers and UK customs. officials and on Brexit and the Protocol.
He owns said previously that the businesses and farmers in his constituency would “rip your hand off” for the Northern Ireland trade deals.
Talk to The newspaper this week of the future of unionism and trade deals in Northern Ireland, he said of criticism of the protocol: “No one said it was perfect.”
For those who fancy seeing the protocol effectively go through the shredding machine and then something else emerges like a phoenix, I think they will always be disappointed.
He said that HMRC [the UK’s Revenue and Customs department] recently told the committee that the “alternative arrangements” to the protocol, which had been suggested during the Brexit negotiations, had been rejected because they also required west-to-east checks and would be more costly.
“Because people fabricated these constitutional anxieties about the Protocol, it distracted attention from consideration of the potential benefits. “
Responding to the Act of Union verdict, Hoare said: “There was SPS [plant and animal checks] between mainland Britain and the island of Ireland for decades. Did anyone say, as a result of these trade controls, “Oh, we’re less British”? Of course they didn’t.
Who in all honesty, unless you scratch the barrel of the political argument, which in the name of heaven defines their sense of belonging, loyalty and nationality, by invisible [trade] provisions?
Hoare also notes that the mixed messages from the UK government have not helped depoliticize the trade deals between Britain and Northern Ireland.
He said some figures from the UK government say the protocol is not workable, some say it does not work as they imagined, some said they did not understand what it entailed , and some say it takes hard work to get the protocol to work properly.
“And so, we shouldn’t really be surprised if there is no head scratching” I really wonder what the position of the British government is… It comes down to having the courage not to try to go up to two horses.
I don’t think it’s too late for the government to speak with one voice and say ‘Protocol isn’t perfect, and no one ever said it would be – but it’s damn better than anything anyone ever imagined.
It’s been a while since I strayed from the subject: unionism must say what it is for, wants to ACHIEVE and DELIVER the regime of: we are against / never / we are against / do not like. The tale of betrayal must end. Negatives don’t attract https://t.co/Cy2bw07kOI
– Simon Hoare MP (@ Simon4NDorset) June 18, 2021
Speaking about the current political state in Northern Ireland, Hoare said that as a Welshman representing an English constituency, he questions whether political unionism can afford a fractured offer to the electorate and why loyalists are shying away from the political process.
He points out that there seems to be such a “huge disconnect” between the political leaders of unionism and what their electorates seem to want.
“On the issue of abortion, [it] Interestingly enough, in all polls the majority of those who would describe themselves as trade unionists were in favor of having broadly the same abortion rights as those prevailing in England and Wales.
For too long, unionism has defined itself against it. It’s against Rome, it’s against Home Rule. It is against the Republic. It is against equal marriage. It is against abortion. The political philosophy that likes to say no and then asks what the question is.
“If you were to take the negative out of the English language, some of these people would have absolutely nothing to say.”
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He said the new communities are not “bound by what Henry VIII might have done, or what Oliver Cromwell did,” and there is growing common ground in Northern Ireland that needs to be taken into account. account, apart from the “two traditions”.
“We need a united union voice that begins to say what it is for, what it likes, what it seeks to achieve.”
Hoare said new UUP leader Doug Beattie would be an attractive option for grassroots unionism, and said there was room for a Northern Irish Conservative party. When asked if there was any work going on on this, he replied that he didn’t know, but added that if the party ever asked him he would say yes, they should and they should. do it now.
Recently, Tánaiste and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar announced that Fine Gael would launch a branch of the party in the north, but not participate in the elections there.
This precedes the Stormont election in Northern Ireland which will take place next year, which will be hotly contested as this year’s census in Northern Ireland is expected to show a Catholic majority in the northern population for the first time.
Recently, former DUP chief Edwin Poots suggested that a referendum on the protocol would take place shortly – a vote in the Stormont Assembly is slated for 2024 under the protocol and trade deal on the Brexit between the European Union and the United Kingdom.