The European Commission rejects your proposal to renegotiate the Irish protocol and offers you “creative” solutions
The EU is not about to be sucked into the Brexit loop again. So he will not give in to the umpteenth pulse that Boris Johnson throws at him to renegotiate the agreements that directly affect the Northern Ireland protocol that are black on white and that he himself signed. The offensive of the ‘premier’ dispersed from Brussels to other European capitals, with direct calls to Angela Merkel and other leaders, in search of an alleged understanding of “the disruption” that the measures of the current protocol represent for citizens and companies.
The Briton pulled the phone and found coldness. Ursula von der Leyen was the first to tell him that ‘it is not no’, that he does not insist. The president of the European Commission was aware of the proposals that her interlocutor sent to the community capital the day before. London calls for “substantive changes” and Brussels replies that, at best, “creative” solutions.
That was the term the German used, when making the content of that conversation public. ‘The EU will continue to be creative and flexible under the Protocol. But we are not going to renegotiate. We must jointly guarantee stability and predictability in Northern Ireland ”, he stressed in response to those negative social and economic effects that the United Kingdom understands are derived from a protocol signed by the parties in December last year and that to avoid a ‘hard border ‘on the island that endangers the Peace Accords between the Republic of Ireland and Ulster, economically align the latter territory with the EU.
But not only Von der Leyen rejected Johnson’s ordeal. One of its vice presidents, Maros Sefcovic, who leads direct negotiations with the British responsible minister David Frost, stressed in a statement that the bloc was “ready to seek creative solutions.” But without deviating from the Protocol. The EU “will not accept” a renegotiation, the Slovak commissioner remarked, also calling for “respecting the international obligations contracted.” We must prioritize stability and predictability in Northern Ireland. I look forward to speaking with Frost soon, ”added Sefcovic.