The EU’s four-pronged Brexit plan on Northern Ireland has been revealed and is set to resolve the dispute over the Northern Ireland Protocol. Among the proposals will be the removal of nearly 80 per cent of checks needed for meat and plants being shipped to Northern Ireland and the continuation of British pharmaceutical firms supplying cheap generic medicines to Northern Ireland.
However, one of the main issues surrounding the new deal has been the EU's refusal to strip European judges of their role in the province, which the Brexit Minister Lord Frost has repeatedly called to be replaced with international arbitration modelled on the Brexit trade deal.
Despite this, Britain could compromise over the European Court of Justice’s role in Northern Ireland after Lord Frost suggested he would enter negotiations with Brussels without “red lines”. Last night, Government sources acknowledged the EU had “clearly” gone further than the UK had expected, with the two sides now expected to enter into intensive talks as early as next week.
Our readers took to the comments to discuss their views on the new Brexit deal for Northern Ireland, with some arguing that Northern Ireland was always going to be a compromise, whilst others expressed their scepticism of the deal. Read on to see what they had to say and share your view in the comments section at the bottom of this article.
To offer a different deal still keeps NI separate from the rest of the UK
“To offer a different “deal” for Northern Ireland than the rest of the UK still keeps Northern Ireland separate from the rest of the UK. I can’t possibly see how Unionists will accept that.”
‘The EU have demonstrated their intent and motivation’
“For the last 5 and a half years, the EU and France in particular have pursued an overtly hostile policy towards the UK.
“We simply cannot allow them to continue to have leverage over us. We need to impose red tape on the Dover/Calais route to encourage companies to source from outside the EU. We need to work to no longer need the electricity link to France and to permanently close it, as well as ensuring that our economic well being is not in any way tied to the judgements of the courts of a hostile power.
“These are imperatives on national security grounds. The EU have demonstrated their intent and motivation.”
‘Northern Ireland is key to getting access to EU markets’
“The world’s population is growing by about 50 million every year and we're seeing world demand growing exponentially.
“It is essential that the UK has access to the EU markets because the EU will have better access to the global markets rather than the UK alone.
“Northern Ireland is key to getting access to the EU markets. It will be very interesting to see if the EU caves in on Northern Ireland. Even if it does, the UK will still feel the effects of Brexit for years to come.”
‘The offer by the EU is very suspect’
“I think the offer by the EU is very suspect. Remember, all this time they have been saying no re-negotiated deal and now suddenly they come bearing gifts? Be wary. ”
‘It should be rejected-forthwith’
“The fact that a foreign court rules over a part of the United Kingdom – and refuses to allow independent revision, is tantamount to being subjects of the EU. Not even the elected representatives of the land can have a say in the law making in Ulster in a country that has aligned itself for the past 45 years with the EU. Therefore, it should be rejected-forthwith.”
‘Their offer is carefully calculated’
“In my opinion, their offer is carefully calculated to keep the UK fettered to the bloc via the mechanism of the ECJ whilst removing some of the artificial obstacles they themselves imposed in the first place. If we accept, we're tied to them. If we refuse, we're being unreasonable. They've spurned every chance to be fair-minded; time for our best alternative to a negotiated agreement: a WTO relationship.”
‘Just what problems are the EU trying to solve?’
“It's all very well talking about red lines and movements, but if you take a long hard look at what is being discussed, you have to ask: just what problems are the EU trying to solve? What do they think is going to pass over the border either way that is so significant to require intervention?
“There is a border between Ireland and Northern Ireland and always has been. For the most part it has been ignored. Why should that change?”
‘The EU has no alternative’
“There is only one reason that the EU is giving concessions, and that is they have no alternative. If the UK refuses to implement the NIP , then it simply can’t be implemented.
“Frost should simply keep rejecting all EU concessions as inadequate. They have no choice but to keep offering more.”
‘Northern Ireland was always going to be a compromise’
“Both sides are standing so far apart and offering ludicrous demands. I suggest they meet roughly in the middle and everyone claims a win. Life moves on Lord Frost knows what he is doing and so does the EU
“Northern Ireland was always going to be a compromise – it's been one for decades.”
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