Insane EU is pettifogging Boris loses it with Brussels in angry rant as talks on brink

Boris Johnson blasts 'insane' EU during PMQs

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DUP Leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson quizzed Boris Johnson during Prime Minister’s Question and demanded to know whether he would consider removing the Irish Sea border to bring Northern Ireland firmly into the UK internal market. Sir Donaldson was fearful that the cost of living crisis mixed with the EU regulations would be disastrous for the people of Northern Ireland. The Prime Minister ruthlessly attacked the European Union and called it “insane” that the bloc was seeking to implement the rules it wishes to.

Speaking in the House of Commons, the leader of the DUP asked the Prime Minister what he would be doing to address the issues in Northern Ireland. 

Sir Jeffrey said: “The Prime Minister will know that many families across the United Kingdom are struggling with the increased cost of living and rising energy costs. 

“But in Northern Ireland that is compounded by the protocol. 

“27 percent is the increase in the cost of bringing goods from Great Britain to Northern where we can get access to those goods. 

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“It is costing business £2.5million every day, almost a billion pounds a year, the cost of the protocol. 

“The Prime Minister talks about uniting this nation and levelling up, he could do that by removing the Irish Sea border and restoring Northern Ireland’s place fully within the UK internal market.”

Mr Johnson replied: “I must say that I support passionately the indication of the Right Honourable gentleman opposite. 

“Yes Mr Speaker, I never thought when we negotiated that this would be… 

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“200 businesses, 200 businesses who have stopped supplying Northern Ireland, foods have been blocked Mr Speaker, Christmas cards are being surcharged. 

“And frankly Mr Speaker, the EU is implementing this in an insane and pettifogging way and we need to sort it out and I completely support what he’s saying.”

The Northern Ireland Protocol was agreed during the Brexit negotiations which was created to negate a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The Protocol keeps Northern Ireland within the EU single market with checks on goods happening at ports between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, known as the “Irish Sea border”.

However, the EU has sought to implement rules on Northern Ireland which have caused disruptions to businesses and imports from mainland UK as the country adapts.

It has been estimated the border down the Irish Sea has cost Northern Ireland £850million a year, a figure repeated by the DUP.

According to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, £10.9billion out of Ulster’s £22.1billion exports went to Great Britain in 2020.

In comparison, just £4.1billion went to the Republic of Ireland and £2.2billion to other countries inside the European Union.

UK and EU officials have been in a stalemate since the Protocol was introduced with the UK Government seeking a lift on certain rules.

EU negotiator Maroš Šefčovič has been meeting with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss but has told reporters there has been no sign of a breakthrough.

He said a meeting of the EU/UK Joint Committee would take place on 21 February.

RTE reports a source said: “Šefčovič said the view of both sides was that it would be excellent if that Joint Committee were in a position to make some decisions.

“But it’s not at all clear whether that would be the case or not. It just means it would be great if that Joint Committee could record progress, and maybe actually decide one or two things. But that’s not clear.”

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