Boris Johnson has personally promised to “tear up” the Northern Ireland Protocol as soon as a Brexit deal is agreed with the EU, claimed senior DUP official Ian Paisley Jr.
This is followed by comments from former Prime Minister’s Advisor Dominic Cummings, who said Downing Street’s plan has always been to “leave out the parts we didn’t like.”
Paisley Jr. confirmed Cummings’ claim, saying Johnson had given him a guarantee ahead of the 2019 general election that protocol obligations would later be dropped in an exit deal with the EU.
“Boris Johnson personally told me that after agreeing to the protocol, he would commit to changing this protocol and actually tearing it up,” the DUP MP told the BBC News night.
The unionist also alleged that the Prime Minister had referred to the legal obligations under trade agreements for Northern Ireland set out in the Protocol as “semantics”.
Paisley Jr added, “The fact is, I think the government really didn’t want Northern Ireland for this to happen and they made a short term bet.
“The problem is, this has cost the Northern Irish businessmen £ 850m that we can’t afford, so it has to be fixed and it has to be fixed well.”
Johnson never understood what his exit agreement with the EU, which was finally signed in January 2020, really meant, his former chief advisor said in a series of tweets. “He never had a Scooby-Doo, which is what the deal he signed meant,” wrote Cummings.
The dispute comes when the EU has set measures to cut 80 percent of goods controls and drastically reduce customs processes between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
It follows a series of demands from Brexit Minister David Frost, who called on the EU to approve fundamental changes to the protocol – and to end the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in commercial arbitration.
EU Ambassador Joao Vale de Almeida said Brussels had gone the “extra mile” and could not go any further after Wednesday’s proposals.
“We have pushed the envelope to address Northern Ireland’s problems because we care about Northern Ireland,” he said News night.
Brussels is said to be “preparing for the worst” after Britain signaled that the EU’s offer was not enough. A British source said The independent one: “Without new governance rules, the protocol will never get the support it needs to survive.
Labour’s international shadow trade minister Emily Thornberry called for “a bit of adult politics” in the ongoing Brexit negotiations. “Stop dogma, find some realistic answers to these problems,” she told Sky News on Thursday.
When asked about Cummings’ allegation about plans to abandon the Protocol, Thornberry said, “I find it appalling that people would even think of representing our country by signing an agreement knowing that they would would not implement it – I find it horrific. “.”