Further to British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss’ plans to legislate to override parts of the Brexit withdrawal treaty the UK struck with the EU…
“The Good Friday Accords are the bedrock of peace in Northern Ireland and a beacon of hope for the entire world. Ensuring there remains no physical border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland is absolutely necessary for upholding this landmark agreement, which has transformed Northern Ireland.
“It is deeply concerning that the United Kingdom is now seeking to unilaterally discard the Northern Ireland Protocol. Negotiated agreements like the Protocol preserve the important progress and stability forged by the Good Friday Accords, which continue to enjoy strong bipartisan and bicameral support in the United States Congress.
“As I have stated in my conversations with the Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary and Members of the House of Commons, if the United Kingdom chooses to undermine the Good Friday Accords, the Congress cannot and will not support a bilateral free trade agreement with the United Kingdom.
“Respectful of the will of the British people and of Brexit, I urge constructive, collaborative and good-faith negotiations to implement an agreement that upholds peace. The children of Northern Ireland, who have never known the bloody conflict and do not want to go back, deserve a future free of the violence where all may reach their fulfillment,”
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Congress.
Shd we generally stick to deals? Of course. Sometimes break them? Of course. Just like the EU, US, China and every other state does. International diplomacy cannot be judged by the standards of a student duel, and lawyers are hired help not the masters
From top: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and then Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Parliament Buildings at Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland on January 13, 2020; Texts last night from former Johnson aide Dominic Cummings
Leo Varadkar has warned countries around the world that they ‘shouldn’t make any agreements’ with the UK https://t.co/2Sh7Dtau1U
Ireland has warned countries around the world not to trust the UK because it is run by a “British government that doesn’t necessarily keep its word”.
Irish deputy prime minister Leo Varadkar urged countries to be careful when dealing with the UK because of the “bad faith” demonstrated in the government’s plans to overhaul a key agreement signed as part of the Brexit deal.
After agreeing to the Northern Ireland Protocol – part of the Brexit arrangement that means checks on some goods and services flowing between Great Britain and NI – the UK has continually sought to change aspects of it.
The EU, and swathes of British MPs, have been unhappy about the UK’s attempts to renege on the agreement, but comments by Boris Johnson’s former top aide Dominic Cummings appear to have caused anger.
Lord Frost will deliver a speech in Portugal today in which he will demand an overhaul of the protocol, which was agreed by both sides and is designed to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland https://t.co/rJDlFv7mLj
The NI Protocol damaged the sensitive constitutional balance which underpinned the Belfast Agreement and subsequent agreements. There is a short window of opportunity for the govt & the EU to act to ensure stability, our political institutions will not survive failure to do so. pic.twitter.com/D43EFmJHtk
From top: Jeffrey Donaldson, DUP leader; Taoiseach Micheál Martin welcoming European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic to Government Buildings this morning.
The Democratic Unionist Party leader has signalled his party will collapse the Stormont Executive “within weeks” if changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol are not delivered.
Jeffrey Donaldson also announced the DUP’s immediate withdrawal from north-south political institutions established under the Good Friday Agreement.
The moves are part of an intensification of the party’s campaign of opposition to post-Brexit arrangements.
Mr Donaldson issued the warning on the future of Stormont in a keynote address in Belfast on the same day as European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič began a two-day visit to Northern Ireland.
Ahead of any move to pull ministers out of the coalition administration, a step that would bring down the power-sharing institutions, Mr Donaldson said his party was first seeking to challenge the legality of checks on goods arriving in Northern Ireland from Britain introduced under the protocol, and establish whether their implementation requires the approval of the Stormont Executive.
in an internal EU document seen by the Guardian, British television and film’s dominance in Europe has been described as a threat to the bloc’s “cultural diversity”.
Via The Guardian:
…Under the EU’s audiovisual media services directive, a majority of airtime must be given to such European content on terrestrial television and it must make up at least 30% of the number of titles on video on demand (VOD) platforms such as Netflix and Amazon.
According to an EU document tabled with diplomats on 8 June, in the “aftermath of Brexit” it is believed the inclusion of UK content in such quotas has led to what has been described as a “disproportionate” amount of British programming on European television.
“The high availability of UK content in video on demand services, as well as the privileges granted by the qualification as European works, can result in a disproportionate presence of UK content with the European video on demand quota and hinder a larger variety of European works (including from smaller countries or less spoken languages),” a paper distributed among the member states reads.