Plenarbeitrag zu den Beziehungen zwischen dem Vereinigtem Königreich und der Europäischen Union sowie zur Situation in Nordirland
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Plenarbeitrag zu den Beziehungen zwischen dem Vereinigtem Königreich und der Europäischen Union sowie zur Situation in Nordirland

The “Northern Ireland Protocol Bill” tabled by the United Kingdom’s government is a regrettable unilateral move.

As it disapplies core elements of the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland, it creates more difficulties in Northern Ireland and undermines mutual trust.

The Protocol is the one and only solution agreed between the UK and the EU to address the challenges posed by Brexit. It protects the hard-earned gains of the peace process on the island of Ireland.

Unilateral actions deliberately contradicting an international agreement are not the way forward.

The Withdrawal Agreement including the Protocol are the necessary foundation for the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

The EU’s reaction to the “Northern Ireland Protocol Bill” has been proportionate, firm and calm.

We want to have stable and positive relations with the United Kingdom based on our agreements, mutually negotiated, signed and ratified by the EU and the UK. We remain partners with shared values.   

I call on the UK government to re-enter talks to facilitate practical implementation of the Protocol. The Protocol is not the problem. It is part of the solution to a problem. The original problem is and remains Brexit!