Johnson Accuses EU Of Threatening Food Blockade

  • Boris Johnson, the line that the EU is taking justifies his government's plans to take steps to demand changes to the divorce agreement with the EU.
  • “Let’s make the EU take their threats off the table”, the Prime Minister recently tweeted. “And let’s get this Bill through, back up our negotiators, and protect our country.”
  • “We are now hearing that, unless we agree to the EU’s terms, the EU will use an extreme interpretation of the Northern Ireland protocol to impose a full-scale trade border down the Irish Sea,” wrote Johnson.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now accusing the EU of threatening a “food blockade” between Northern Ireland and the rest of Britain. The premier opines that the move if effected is likely to tear Britain apart. Johnson’s new allegations could further fuel the crisis that is already surrounding Brexit in which the involved parties are reading from different scripts. 

Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (born 19 June 1964) is a British politician, journalist and popular historian who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015, having been the MP for Henley from 2001 to 2008. He was Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016, and from 2016 to 2018 he served as Foreign Secretary. A pro-Brexit member of the Conservative Party, Johnson identifies as a one-nation conservative and has been associated with both economically and socially liberal policies. Johnson is a candidate for Leader of the Conservative Party in the 2019 leadership contest.

According to Boris Johnson, the line that the EU is taking justifies his government’s plans to take steps to demand changes to the divorce agreement with the EU. It has otherwise created deep concern among MPs from his own party.

In a video call via Zoom to around 250 Conservatives, the Prime Minister requested for support for his objections to parts of the divorce agreement with the EU. The UK premier has been talking tough in regard to the brexit issue and has recently told the EU to quit threats. “Let’s make the EU take their threats off the table”, the Prime Minister recently tweeted. “And let’s get this Bill through, back up our negotiators, and protect our country.” He added.

Negotiations locked

Negotiations between Brussels and London on future trade are deadlocked and close to collapse. If there is no agreement by the end of the year, then, according to Johnson, the EU is keen to maintain an “extreme interpretation” of the rules regarding Northern Ireland.

“We are now hearing that, unless we agree to the EU’s terms, the EU will use an extreme interpretation of the Northern Ireland protocol to impose a full-scale trade border down the Irish Sea,” Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

“We are being told that the EU will not only impose tariffs on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, but that they might actually stop the transport of food products from GB to NI.”

We never seriously believed that the EU would be willing to use a treaty, negotiated in good faith, to blockade one part of the UK, to cut it off, or that they would actually threaten to destroy the economic and territorial integrity of the UK.”The food dispute is centered around the EU ‘s previous objections to giving Britain “third country” status. This means that nations have the right to export their food to Europe.

A man draped in an EU flag waves the UK flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London.

As per the provisions of the divorce agreement, Northern Ireland has special status. The agreement ensures that border controls and barriers are not restored, which is in line with a historic peace agreement from 1998. The peace agreement ended three decades of bloodshed on the Irish island.

The EU’s fears are centred on the possibility that the UK, once completely out of the EU , will circumvent established food rules and send them to the EU via Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland borders Ireland, which remains a member of the Union.

Following another sluggish and difficult round of negotiations in London this week, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier maintained that there was widespread uncertainty over UK food export rules after 1 January.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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