Brexit: Barnier warns of ‘feelings of not being protected’
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Under the terms of Mr Johnson’s new EU trade deal Northern Ireland, remains tied to the European single market, resulting in some regulatory checks on trade with Great Britain. These will increase from April 1 when the current grace period for a number of restrictions expires.
“He needs to set his sights on a long-term solution” (Image: GETTY)
Lord Frost will confront the EU over its “overly legalistic” and “heavy-handed” interpretation of the new trade agreement, insiders have told the Daily Telegraph.
EU legislation has caused outrage in Northern Ireland with unionists demanding the return of uninterrupted trade with Great Britain.
Graffiti has appeared across loyalist areas attacking the restrictions whilst customs officials were briefly forced to stop work earlier this month following threats.
DUP leader Arlene Foster is demanding Britain withdraw from the Northern Ireland protocol.
The EU threatened to suspend this last month in a row over coronavirus vaccine doses, but backed down following outrage in London and Dublin.
Ms Foster, addressing Mr Johnson’s dilemma, said: “He needs to set his sights on a long-term solution rather than sticking plasters.
“Whether it is the flow of parcels, supermarket goods, chilled meats or medicines, from GB to NI, the United Kingdom single market has been ruptured.”
Lord Frost was appointed to the Cabinet as Minister responsible for EU Relations earlier this week.
He is taking on this role from Michael Gove with reports the prime minister is hoping for a tougher stand.
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Boris Johnson agreed the UK’s new EU trade deal in December (Image: GETTY)
There is fury in Northern Ireland over additional trade restrictions with Great Britain (Image: GETTY)
Nicola Sturgeon has been condemned after she announced the SNP would continue flying the EU flag over Scottish government buildings. But, now the UK has left the bloc, should she be banned from flying the flag?
The SNP administration has ordered Scottish Government buildings to continue to fly the EU flag, alongside the saltire, every day of the year.
The instruction came via the Scottish Government’s 2021 flag flying guidance, which was approved by Ms Sturgeon.
Joe Biden has snubbed Boris Johnson and the UK as he stressed the importance of ties between the US and Europe.
Joe Biden issued a triumphant rallying call during the Munich Security Conference but failed to mention the UK.
The US President hailed the partnership between the United States and Europe as the “cornerstone” of his plans.
Joe Biden says EU alliance must be a ‘strong foundation’
Michel Barnier said “Brexit means Brexit” in a parting swipe at the UK as controversy brews over the EU’s shellfish ban.
The Government has come under pressure from the fishing industry in recent weeks, as many feel aggrieved as a result of the Brexit deal.
The ill-feeling was worsened when the EU banned the import of oysters, mussels, scallops, and cockles from the UK.
The EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told the Brexit Republic podcast in January that “Brexit means Brexit” in an apparent jibe at the British Government.
Speaking as shellfish exports to the EU were hit with restrictions from Brussels, he backed the ban as he explained that the Brexit deal cannot be about “cherry picking”.
He said: “I look at what happened in the UK and also in the EU because of Brexit – Brexit means Brexit – It cannot be and will not be business as usual.
“We worked a lot to reach this agreement on Brexit, it’s done and now we have to implement this treaty. It cannot be about any kind of renegotiations, we have to implement carefully, precisely and objectively to find a solution, if we can’t find a solution we respect this treaty. It cannot be about any cherry picking.”
3.25pm update: UK and EU to continue sharing vital security data
The European Commission has said the UK’s data protection laws were in line with the bloc’s and it would start a process to allow a continued flow of police and financial data for the next four years.
Commission Vice President for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova said: “Ensuring free and safe flow of personal data is crucial for businesses and citizens on both sides of the Channel. The UK has left the EU, but not the European privacy family.
“At the same time, we should ensure that our decision will stand the test of time.”
Key moments that led to Brexit (Image: EXPRESS)
Mr Beaune was mocked after he celebrated the NASA Mars rover landing as a “European” success, attaching an EU flag to a Tweet about the mission. Included in the Tweet was a photo showing the various parts of the rover created by member states Spain, France and Italy.
Maron’s minister criticized after urging Norway to join the EU (Image: GETTY)
He said yesterday he believed the imbalance between access to vaccinations across the world was “politically unsustainable” and could fuel a “war of influence over vaccines”. Mr Macron also issued a warning over the roles played by China and Russia in offering their own inoculations to countries facing supply gaps.
Far-right National Rally MEP Dominique Bilde said: “This comes from a President that only got 500 people vaccinated in a week…”
Echoing her comments, France Insoumise MEP Manon Aubry said: “New episode of Macron contradicting himself.
Dutch boats have warned that new technicalities introduced at the start of the year are hindering their access to UK fishing grounds.
They have successfully applied for special access permits but have been hit by “new technical regulations”, foreign minister Stef Blok warned in a letter to parliamentarians.
EU coastal nations have called on the European Commission to open urgent talks with the UK to address the issue, he added.
Moscow’s embassy in Brussels said the European Commission President’s remarks about the Sputnik V jab’s safety and efficacy was an attempt to “politicise” the pandemic.
Mrs von der Leyen used a recent press appearance to discredit the Russian state-backed vaccine.
Despite a number of EU countries lining up to buy doses of the jab, the German rubbished claims its manufacturer had applied for regulatory approval from the bloc’s medicines regulator.
Spain joined the eurozone and adopted the euro over 20 years ago but Spanish people are still holding onto their old national currency.
While some are holding the currency for nostalgic reasons, some businesses are still accepting them.
Lord Frost has been appointed Cabinet Minister with responsibility for EU relations (Image: GETTY)
Diplomats and officials hope Lord Frost’s elevation to the Cabinet will help keep a lid on a series of rows brewing over Northern Ireland and the trade and security treaty.
Boris Johnson’s former chief negotiator was handed a seat in Cabinet and given full responsibility over Britain’s dealings with Brussels.
Lord Frost will takeover the so-called Joint Committee and Partnership Council that manage the UK and EU’s post-Brexit relationships.
In a brutal attack on NATO, he urged the EU to move forward and focus on its own military cooperation.
Mr Macron told the FT: “I am a defender of European sovereignty, of strategic autonomy, not because I’m against NATO or because I doubt our American friends, but because I am lucid on the state of the world.
“Because I think we need a fair sharing of the burden and Europe cannot delegate its protection and the protection of its neighbourhood to the USA and so we have to do it together.”
Brexiteer Sir John Redwood has continued his push for people to buy British after revealing he is waiting for a delivery of Cornish fish as “some supermarkets are still not offering enough UK produce”.
Earlier this week, a new survey indicated a third of British consumers have stopped buying produce from EU countries since Brexit.
Sir John said the results of that survey emphasised exactly why the bloc needs to make it as simple as possible to get goods into the UK – instead of its current “curious” attitude.
The research, undertaken Censuswide for Eskenzi PR and Marketing quizzing 1,000 people living in the UK, found 34 percent had stopped buying goods and services from the EU since the UK finally severed all ties from the bloc following the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31.