DUBLIN, Oct. 11 (Reuters) – Ireland on Monday accused Britain of wanting to “change the rules of the game” to resolve trade difficulties in Northern Ireland, in response to London’s wish that the authority of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) does not exercise on the matter.
UK Brexit Minister David Frost on Saturday released excerpts from a speech he is due to deliver on Tuesday in which he believes the ECJ has created a “profound imbalance” in the way the northern protocols are applied, the Irish, which aims to prevent the reestablishment of a physical border between the two Ireland since the United Kingdom left the European Union.
“Everyone in the European Union thinks the same thing. The EU is trying to solve the problems and the UK rejects the solutions before they are made public, and asks for more,” Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Monday.
The European Commission, which already rejected a similar request from London for the ECJ in July, must make new proposals before the weekend to try to find a solution to the trade difficulties caused by Brexit in Northern Ireland.
“The truth is that they (the British) know that the EU cannot give in on this (the ECJ), and they ask anyway …”, Simon Coveney told public broadcaster Irish RTE.
“In a moment, the EU will say ‘enough is enough’, we cannot discuss more and I think that moment is near,” warned the Irish Foreign Minister.
(Padraic Halpin, French version Tangi Salaün, edited by Blandine Hénault)
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