Dublin Says UK 'undermining' Search For N.Ireland Deal
Dublin, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 11th Oct, 2021 ) :Ireland on Monday accused the UK of undermining European efforts to resolve problems with post-Brexit trading arrangements in Northern Ireland, warning patience in Brussels was wearing thin.
But the speech comes just a day before the European Commission outlines its own proposals to iron out difficulties in its implementation.
"The British government is deciding to... undermine that package before it's even published," an exasperated Coveney told RTE state radio.
He accused London of "shifting the playing field" whenever compromise on trading problems was in the air.
"At some point in time the EU will say enough," the Irish minister warned. "I think we're very close to that point now." Coveney said he spoke to European Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic -- who is leading the EU negotiating team -- on Sunday night and his opinion was "the exact same".
The border was a former flashpoint in "The Troubles" sectarian conflict between pro-UK unionists and pro-Ireland nationalists, which wound down in 1998.
Pro-UK unionists in Northern Ireland say it has created a border in the Irish Sea that undermines the province's place in the wider UK, and strengthens pro-Irish republicans' case for a united Ireland.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had agreed to the ECJ role in 2019 "in the spirit of compromise in challenging circumstances," Johnson's official spokesman told reporters.
But now, "it simply isn't sustainable for the EU to make laws which apply in Northern Ireland without any kind of democratic scrutiny or discussion", he said.
"It's unheard of for a bilateral agreement to be policed by the courts of one of the other parties," the spokesman said, also denying that Frost was grandstanding before the Commission's proposals are even released.