Northern Eire might see “instability, uncertainty and unpredictability” if there may be an try to renegotiate the post-Brexit settlement, the European Fee’s vice chairman has warned.
Maros Sefcovic stated the Northern Ireland Protocol have to be “correctly carried out”, however admitted either side must compromise.
His warning got here after DUP chief Sir Jeffrey Donaldson stated his party may quit Stormont if its calls for aren’t met.
The protocol, agreed by the UK and EU, has proved deeply unpopular with unionists because it has created a commerce border within the Irish Sea – one thing Westminster promised wouldn’t occur.
They’ve repeatedly known as for it to be scrapped as they are saying it undermines their place within the UK and has brought about points with imports from Nice Britain, which has seen supermarkets with naked cabinets.
Mr Sefcovic, who was on a fact-finding mission in Northern Eire, stated the EU had been “participating constructively” with the UK authorities to restrict the affect of the protocol on on a regular basis life in Northern Eire.
On his talks with Stormont politicians, Mr Sefcovic stated: “I informed them, for me, I don’t want any political victory right here, I wish to discover a answer which might signify win-win – victory for all, initially for the individuals of Northern Eire.
“That is the purpose why I got here right here. That is my angle. That is my strategy.”
The fee’s vice chairman stated the EU wished “this drawback solved” earlier than 1 January this 12 months – when the transition interval ended.
Throughout a keynote speech at Queen’s College in Belfast, Mr Sefcovic added: “So can we do that sooner? Let’s go for it.
“I imply, we’re prepared for engagement, we can be working as we have been till now, constructively with our UK companions.
“Let’s examine how far and how briskly we are able to progress.”
Mr Sefcovic telling Stormont politicians to “dial down the rhetoric” after the DUP threatened to withdraw ministers from parliament was met with derision.
However he stated: “I believe that enchantment for calm, for dialogue, for constructive engagement can not offend anyone. And I’ll simply repeat my invitation for this constructive, calm dialogue.”
He added that regardless of difficulties with how the protocol was working, there was no purpose to eliminate it.
“I understand how troublesome it was to get right here and subsequently I am able to go the additional mile to save lots of the progress, to construct on the achievements, which took us 5 years to construct,” he stated.
Mr Sefcovic stated his go to to Northern Eire had been “informative, inspiring and enriching”.
Sir Jeffrey stated it was “unlucky” Mr Sefcovic was “so dismissive of the true and real considerations” and insisted: “It’s not mere rhetoric, it’s articulating the views and considerations of unionists”.
He added: “In the long run, the settlement that we now have, the political establishments that we now have can solely work if each unionists and nationalists help them so the EU wants to maneuver, and shortly, to deal with the considerations of unionists.”