EU will 'respect' Brexit decision says Sir John Redwood
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The European Commission has now formally launched legal action against the UK over an alleged breach of the Northern Ireland Protocol. Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic has accused the UK of breaking international law by unilaterally extending the grace periods on Northern Ireland. The European Union has warned the UK that it has violated the terms of the agreed within the Brexit trade deal at the end of last year and has demanded Prime Minister Boris Johnson rectify the alleged breach within a month.
But Express.co.uk readers are urging Mr Johnson to hit back at the EU as already-fragile relations between the two sides continue to deteriorate.
The latest poll, which ran from 9.30am until 10pm on Wednesday, March 17, asked: “Should Boris freeze access for EU ships to UK waters after legal threat?”
A huge 97 percent (8,712 readers) want the Prime Minister to stop EU boats accessing UK waters following the threat of legal action.
The remaining three percent (212 readers) disagree, while less than one percent (50 readers) were undecided.
Readers took to the comments section to express their anger.
One furious Express.co.uk reader wrote: “Nothing short of a complete ban on all the EU’s fishing fleets will save the waters off Britain being plundered by the EU.”
A second irate reader commented: “Ban all EU fishing boats forever.
“Let the EU trawlers fish around the coast of the ROI and their other countries coasts.”
Another person said: “Withdraw permission to fish in our waters and stop all payments to Europe.”
A fourth reader appealed: “Boris, we HAVE to do something! We’ve taken insults and threats over and over from these bullies.
“The ONLY way to stop them is to give them the shock of their lives.
“They think you won’t retaliate, but you MUST!”
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European Commission vice president Mr Sefcovic issued a statement on Monday, accusing the UK of making “unilateral decisions and international law violations”.
He said: “The Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland is the only way to protect the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement and to preserve peace and stability, while avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland and maintaining the integrity of the EU single market.
“The EU and the UK agreed the Protocol together. We are also bound to implement it together.
“Unilateral decisions and international law violations by the UK defeat its very purpose and undermine trust between us. The UK must properly implement it if we are to achieve our objectives.
“That is why we are launching legal action today.
“I do hope that through the collaborative, pragmatic and constructive spirit that has prevailed in our work so far on implementing the Withdrawal Agreement, we can solve these issues in the Joint Committee without recourse to further legal means.”
But the UK Government has stood firm against these criticisms, and a spokesman said in a statement: “We have received the letters from the European Commission and will respond in due course.
“We’ve been clear that the measures we have taken are temporary, operational steps intended to minimise disruption in Northern Ireland and protect the everyday lives of the people living there.
“They are lawful and part of a progressive and good faith implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.”
The spokesman also repeated the Government’s defence that such measures are common in the “early days of major international treaties”.
He added: “In some areas, the EU also seems to need time to implement the detail of our agreements.”
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