Boris Johnson has mentioned the Northern Eire Protocol shall be a case of “fixing it or ditching it” as he spoke about issues with the post-Brexit border system.
The prime minister mentioned the protocol, which sees checks on items between the nation and the remainder of the UK, “might in precept work”.
However he refused to rule out triggering Article 16, which might allow the UK to take motion as a consequence of detrimental penalties brought on by the system.
Talking in an interview with BBC Information Northern Ireland on Friday, Mr Johnson mentioned: “The basic downside for us is that it is vitally troublesome to function in an atmosphere the place the EU system can resolve when and what number of checks might be carried out throughout the Irish Sea.”
He mentioned: “Items are being pointlessly interrupted, and it’s loopy to have most cancers medication which you’ll be able to’t transfer from one a part of the UK to a different.”
However the BBC additionally reported that Mr Johnson mentioned: “The protocol might in precept work.”
The prime minister added: “It’s got sufficient leeway within the language for it to be utilized in a typical sense means with out creating too many checks down the Irish Sea.”
He was additionally quoted as saying it is going to be a case of “fixing it or ditching” the protocol.
Requested if he deliberate to set off Article 16 through the Conservative Social gathering’s convention subsequent week, Mr Johnson replied: “That is dependent upon the response from the EU”.
He informed the broadcaster that the he signed as much as the protocol as a result of he has an “optimistic view of human nature and thought they (EU) would need to respect the Belfast Good Friday Settlement”.
He added the protocol was framed to function “free commerce east to west simply as a lot as north to south and that was very, very clear however sadly that’s not the way in which it’s being operated”.