Brussels 10.10.2021 Ireland’s foreign minister has warned that the UK demands risk a “further breakdown in relations” with the European Union ahead of talks this week aimed at resolving the impasse over the Brexit agreement.(Image above: illustration, skyline).
Simon Coveney posted the remarks on Twitter after the UK’s Brexit minister reiterated his insistence that the European Court of Justice must not be allowed to oversee implementation of the deal. Coveney described this as a new “red line” that will impede progress in the negotiations.
The European Commission is expected this week to publish its proposals for breaking the deadlock over trade arrangements for Northern Ireland, the only part of the U.K. that has a land border with the 27-nation bloc. The British government has sought to renegotiate part of its divorce deal with the EU that requires customs and border checks on some goods moving between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
The regulations are intended to ensure goods entering the EU’s single market meet European standards while keeping an open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland — a key pillar of Northern Ireland’s peace process. But the checks have cause discontent of Northern Ireland’s unionists, who say they weaken the region’s ties with the rest of the UK and make it harder for businesses to operate.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the UK has right to cancel their request to withdraw form the European Union (EU) under Article 50 procedure, commonly known as Brexit, without asking for permission from other member states of the bloc.
The decision followed the opinion given last week in a less official and not binding procedure to the court from a top European law expert.
The case was brought by a group of Scottish lawmakers who sought a legal ruling on the UK request under Article 50 to leave the EU could be unilaterally revoked before the deadline of March 29, 2019.
In his comment the leader of the UKIP Gerard Batten (MEP) said that if the House of Commons ends Brexit, it will be an ‘act of betrayal unique in our history”.
The full text of the ruling is published on the European Court of Justice site:
The UK will not accept the “one-sided” powers of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) as part of a deal to leave the European Union, Brexit minister David Davis said, while criticizing an “ideological obsession” with the ECJ decision in Brussels.
The EU27 plan for negotiating Brexit was put forward by the chief negotiator Michel Barnier who approved of starting in June.
“The deal we reach will need independent and impartial enforcement,” Davis said in a statement in response to the approval of the negotiating directives.
“But an ideological obsession in Brussels with one-sided jurisdiction by the European Court of Justice – in the UK, after we have left the EU – is not acceptable and will not work.”
The EU’s top court based in Luxembourg ruled Tuesday that states can deny short-term humanitarian visas to people trying to enter to claim asylum, in a case of a Syrian family trying to come to Belgium.
The decision by the European Court of Justice in Kirchberg was seen as a test case for EU countries facing a surge in refugees in the past two years, mainly from Syria’s civil war.
In a surprise judgment, the court ruled against the family from the besieged city of Aleppo who had applied for the humanitarian visas at the Belgian embassy in the Lebanese capital Beirut last October.