Brexit: Cornwall shellfish merchant criticises government
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Following the G7 summit, Simon Coveney said he expected the UK to back down over the Northern Ireland protocol. Although Boris Johnson claimed he will do everything to solve the issues in Northern Ireland, Mr Coveney revealed he expected the UK to change its approach following pressure from international leaders. He said: “We hope and expect that, particularly given the pressure that we’ve seen over the few days at the G7, that the British government’s approach will now change and improve in the days and weeks ahead.”
On Sunday, Ireland’s Prime Minister Micheal Martin also warned the UK not to act unilaterally amid the row over chilled meats.
Mr Martin added the UK must consider a veterinary-type agreement that would eliminate a large number of checks for goods moving between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
He said: “I believe the US administration’s comments… are interesting as well in so far as they deal with a significant issue that would concern the British government, the capacity to do a trade deal with the United States whilst also having an SPS arrangement between the European Union and the United Kingdom.
“In my view, there’s a legitimate issue there for the United Kingdom government, but in our view, an SPS agreement would deal with up to 80% of all of these issues and I think it’s a prize worth certainly exploring in the fullest manner possible.
“It’s not about sausages per se, it really is about the fact that an agreement had been entered into not too long ago and if there’s consistent, unilateral deviation from that agreement, that clearly undermines the broader relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom, which is in nobody’s interest.”
The amnesty for checks on chilled meats is set to expire at the end of this month.
The UK, however, has warned it will extend the amnesty despite threats from the EU who in turn insisted it will take legal action.
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Following the G7 summit, Ireland’s foreign minister has revealed that he expects the UK to cave into the EU’s demands over Northern Ireland.
With Joe Biden revealing the UK can sign up to a veterinary deal with EU, which would not harm a future trade deal with the US, Simon COveney added he expects the UK’s stance to change.
He said: “We hope and expect that particularly given the pressure that we’ve seen over the few days at the G7, that the British government’s approach will now change and improve in the days and weeks ahead.”
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