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EU will respond ‘very robustly’ to any triggering of Article 16 – Coveney

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said the European Union will respond “very robustly” if the UK triggers Article 16.

Coveney added that any compromise in the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is not possible.

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He further claimed that the EU has made significant concessions.

Coveney said: “The EU will respond very robustly to that. That’s not what we want And that is why there is a window now between now and Christmas, to try to get this resolved through negotiation and build as much consensus around how the protocol is implemented as possible in Northern Ireland.”

He then went on to say that compromise on the role of the ECJ is not possible.

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“I don’t think a compromise is possible because that’s quite a black and white issue. What the EU is saying is that the court of the European Court of Justice has got to be the final arbiter on EU law and EU regulations. I think that’s self-evident,” he said.

“And so elements of the protocol, rely on the implementation of EU law and EU regulations. I don’t see how the EU can outsource the arbitration on EU rules and regulations to a court outside of the EU.

“I just don’t think that’s a realistic proposition. I think many understand that on the British side as well,” he added.

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