LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – The United Kingdom is ready to take action that could halt a check on a recession in Northern Ireland, Foreign Minister Liz Truss said on Saturday ahead of talks with the European Union.
Truss is due to hold talks with EU Vice President Maros Sefcovic next week to resolve a post-Brexit trade dispute in Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom that shares borders with an EU member in Ireland.
In order to avoid political tensions between Ireland and Northern Ireland, Britain and the EU agreed to keep Northern Ireland within the EU agreement on imports, instead of checks on developments between Britain and Northern Ireland.
However, there has been controversy over how this works – especially on issues that should remain in Northern Ireland – as well as the responsibility to challenge the European Court of Justice.
“I want the answer you have discussed but if we use the validity plus paragraph 16, I am ready to do so,” Truss wrote in The Telegraph https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/01/ 08 / will-trigger -article-16-eu-does-not-connect.
“There is a deal that needs to be done,” he said, but added: “I will not register anything that sees the people of Northern Ireland as disenfranchised by the same tax and spending decisions as in the UK, or who still see goods moving in our country. “expected.”
Under Article 16, the United Kingdom and the EU may decide to refrain from using certain portions of the trade policy with Northern Ireland in the event of a crisis or disruption of trade.
Truss replaced David Frost as Britain’s top Brexit negotiator in December, leaving protests at the behest of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Frost often raises the prospect of summoning Article 16 if the negotiations are in full swing. (David Milliken Reports Edited by Paul Simao)