London is asking for a renegotiation of the Brexit points on Northern Ireland, and the idea strongly displeases the European Union. On the side of Brussels, there is no question of going back on what has been signed.
Maros Sefcovic, the vice-president of the European Commission, believes that “the protocol is the only solution. Failure to apply it will not make the problems go away, but will simply deprive us of the tools to solve them. A renegotiation of the protocol, would mean instability, uncertainty and unpredictability in Northern Ireland. Remember it took us five years to get there. “
What does the agreement provide?
To avoid the return of a border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the agreement effectively creates a customs border between the British province, which still benefits from the single European market, and the island of Great Brittany.
This creates supply difficulties and political tensions in Northern Ireland.