An EU official has described the UK’s demands for the Northern Ireland Protocol as “unattainable” as the UK calls for the removal of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) serving as a governance structure over the protocol, which the EU will not agree to.
The official stated, “We have always made clear that we think that the objectives set out by the UK are unattainable” while adding that there’s not much that can be done “So long as that remains the UK’s position”.
He said that the EU has proposed practical solutions to the UK’s dissatisfaction with the protocol, saying that they “constitute a significant difference in comparison to the baseline scenario, which is the actual Northern Ireland Protocol as it stood on the day it was designed and even go beyond the status quo as it stands at the moment.”
The EU had proposed reducing physical checks on goods entering the UK by 80% with the EU official stating that there had been an agreement at the level of EU and UK talks in relation to the risks that should be accounted for when goods move from the UK to Northern Ireland.
The UK Command Paper stated that there should only be customs formalities and checks on goods that are clearly destined for the south of Ireland and not destined for Northern Ireland.
“The question is, how do you determine whether a good is destined for Northern Ireland or for the internal market?”
“We think that a sufficient amount of data needs to be collected in all cases, in order to then be able to do a credible risk assessment to work out whether the destination as declared actually makes sense or not.”
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