In a statement the EU’s ambassador to the UK, João Vale de Almeida said, the European Union will not give a new mandate to renegotiate post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland since they have been agreed as part of the Brexit deal.
The development comes in the wake of Britain lining up a new law that would effectively override parts of the Brexit deal.
João Vale de Almeida made it lucidly clear that the EU would stick to its existing mandate for the talks with Britain.
“We were told that we should get a new mandate, I can you very clearly what the member states are telling us is very simple, you don’t need a mandate, and even if you ask for one you will not get one,” said Almeida.
For months, both sides have been trying to overcome a deadlock over the Northern Ireland protocol that London agreed to follow before it left the EU; Britain is now saying those protocols are unworkable.
The UK has even threatened to rip up the protocol raising the prospects of a trade war with the Europe, which could come at a time of soaring inflation.
“I am worried by the low levels of trust that exist today between the EU and the UK, between the leaders,” said Almeida. “We absolutely need to raise the levels of trust to create the conditions for better cooperation.”