In an interview with Evening Standard, Joao Val de Almeida retaliated against the health secretary. Sajid Javed Who previously insisted that “there should be no role for ECJ in any part of the UK … and that includes Northern Ireland.”
Asked about the ECJ’s role in Northern Ireland, the ambassador said: “It is not even a red line for us. It is impossible for Northern Ireland to have the benefit of access to a single market for goods at the same time. In the UK market
“There is no other region in the world that can claim this opportunity.
“If you want to get access like the single market for Northern Ireland goods you need to play through the book, you pay the rules. Any dispute that exists in the single market They can go to the European Court of Justice; so they go together.
The stand against the European Court comes as UK and EU officials begin preliminary talks on an agreement on the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol, which is the EU’s only market to avoid a tight border on Ireland and Britain’s own. Trade both zones
But the arrangement creates a trade border in the Irish Sea, which leads to expensive and time-consuming checks on goods from the UK to Northern Ireland and increases tensions between unions in the region. On Wednesday, European Commission Vice-President Maros Saefkovic announced a series of proposals to simplify 80 per cent of these checks and remove blocks from imports of cold meats and medicines.
However, the UK’s demand for an end to the ECJ’s role in the protocol and the appointment of a new independent mediator to rule on trade disputes remains a major obstacle.
Speaking on Sky News, Mr Javed indicated that the UK’s aggressive stance on the talks would continue, stressing that Brigadier General Lord David Frost had made it clear in a speech on the protocol in Lisbon on Tuesday. “One of the most important issues is to eliminate the role of the ECJ in Northern Ireland.”
Although Mr Val de Almeida suggested that there could be scope for other “mechanisms” to resolve trade disputes, he added: “Ultimately, if there is a dispute, the final word on the interpretation of European law I have to say that the European Court of Justice. “
Despite disagreements with the ECJ, Mr Val de Almeida told Standard that he was more “half-filled with the possibility” of a resolution, and insisted that the commission’s recommendations were an important step.
“The solution we proposed yesterday was a package of solutions that resulted from Bridget’s impact on Northern Ireland,” he said. “It goes far beyond the limits of protocol and European law. Let’s see how far we can go with our British friends and we have invited them to Brussels for talks as soon as they are ready. Pay attention and a lot is possible.
But he made it clear that there was no hunger in Brussels for a full renegotiation of the protocol. “If you had signed an agreement a few months ago, after very long negotiations a few years ago during which the other party had not proposed any credible alternative to what was agreed … this agreement I don’t even dry the ink and now you expect to discuss the whole concept again? “
Mr Val de Almeida said: “I can’t hide the fact that people in our capitals sometimes feel anxious about things that they see as a constant desire to get back to the issues that we The idea was agreed upon. There is always a feeling and then there may be a temptation on the part of the British to come back to the issues that we thought were resolved.
“But we need to be practical and what we have on the table today is a great opportunity for the British government and Northern Ireland to take over and if we move forward we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. . ”