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The EU and the United Kingdom sign a new pact on Northern Ireland after Brexit

Date: June 3, 2023 Time: 23:23:07

The United Kingdom and the European Union take a step forward by signing this Friday the Windsor Framework Agreement, which regulates the status of Northern Ireland after Brexit. The British Foreign Minister, James Cleverly, and the Vice President of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic, have been in charge of sealing the pact, agreed between the parties on February 27. Thanks to this agreement reached, it is sought to avoid the problems derived from the departure of the United Kingdom from the EU in order to avoid a physical border between the two Irelands.

After the signing, the British Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Vice-President of the EC underlined in a joint communiqué the “excellent” bilateral cooperation during these negotiations. What was protected reached the single market of the EU and the internal market of the United Kingdom, as well as the Good Friday Agreement (1998), which put an end to violence in the province, adds the note.

“The United Kingdom and the European Union also reaffirmed their intention to use all the mechanisms available in the (Windsor) framework agreement to jointly address and resolve any relevant issues that may arise in the future,” the note stated.

safeguard relationships

The British government believes that the framework agreement is the best treaty for the British province in saving its relationship with the United Kingdom and protecting the Good Friday agreement.

Northern Ireland remains part of the EU’s single market for goods in order to avoid erecting a physical border on the island of Ireland, which would violate the peace agreement, while remaining in the UK internal market.

Passed in the British Parliament

Today’s signing came after the British Parliament approved on Wednesday by a majority of 515 to 29 votes the so-called “Stormont brake”, a clause in the text that gives the Northern Irish Assembly the power to object to future community legislation that you consider contrary to your interests.

However, the province’s pro-British Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) voted against that mechanism, as did some Conservative MPs, including former British Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Liz Truss. The agreement has also been supported by the 27 member countries of the European bloc.

The new Windsor Framework Agreement exempts British products destined for Northern Ireland from checks, although it maintains them for those going to the Republic of Ireland, which remain in the single community market.

With the previous Northern Ireland Protocol, controls on all products were made in the ports of the province, which created a border in the Irish Sea, which separates the island of Ireland from that of Great Britain, something unacceptable for the DUP, which it sees as having an impact on its relationship with the rest of the UK.

Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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