The bloc has released a statement outlining their refusal to budge on the current details of the Northern Ireland Protocol. The statement comes after Brexit minister Lord David Frost suggested further discussions on the protocol that creates a hard border down the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. After learning of the EU’s refusal to renegotiate one Express.co.uk reader declared the Prime Minister should “go straight to World Trade Organisation rules and give them nothing”.
The Briton demanded Boris Johnson “invoke Article 16 and tear up the withdrawal agreement now”.
The continued: “Go straight to World Trade Organisation rules and give them nothing.
“Do what the majority voted for back in 2016 and that leaves the EU in its entirety.”
Another Express.co.uk reader commented: “Rip the agreement up.
“The EU is using this to punish the UK.
“Why should the UK protect the EU market we have our own to protect, grow a backbone, Frost and Boris.”
The European Commission said it would not entertain a wholesale rewriting of the Brexit treaty.
However, they have accepted Lord Frost’s refusal to implement EU red tape in Northern Ireland for the foreseeable future.
However, a statement released by the EU shows that they are unwilling to renegotiate the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The Commission said: “We take note of the UK ministerial statement regarding the operation of the Protocol on the current basis, including the continuation of existing grace periods.
“We continue to stress that the Withdrawal Agreement is an international agreement.
“The Protocol is an integral part of the Withdrawal Agreement and the agreed solution between the UK and the EU to the problems caused by Brexit for the island of Ireland.
“Both sides are legally bound to fulfil their obligations under the Agreement.
“Our focus remains on identifying long-term, flexible and practical solutions to address issues related to the practical implementation of the Protocol that citizens and businesses in Northern Ireland are experiencing.
“However, we will not agree to a renegotiation of the Protocol. The Commission continues to engage constructively with the UK, in the interest of all communities in Northern Ireland.”