EU-Britain tensions stem from Brexit, not from Northern Ireland protocol: Ursula von der Leyen

On Tuesday, the head of the European Commission said, tensions with Britain, a former EU member, stem from Brexit and not from issues surrounding the Northern Ireland protocol that has been agreed by both sides.

After the first day of an EU summit in Brussels, Ursula von der Leyen made the above comments at a news conference in Brussels that all 27 member states of the bloc had agreed that there can be no alternative to a full and correct implementation of the protocol.

“There should be no doubt that there is no alternative to the full and correct implementation of the protocol. It is important to reiterate that the protocol is the only possible solution to ensure peace and stability in Northern Ireland while protecting the integrity of the European Union single market,” said von der Leyen.

She went on to add, “If we see problems today we should not forget that they do not come from the protocol but result from Brexit, that is the reason why the problems are there.”

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