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Northern Ireland Protocol: Expert on US ‘interference’

Liz Truss announced earlier in May plans to introduce legislation replacing parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol, which keeps the country in the EU’s single market and erects customs borders with the UK. The EU and Dublin have rebuffed attempts by the UK to change the protocol, with Brussels saying any action violates international law.

Daniel Hannan, adviser to the UK Board of Trade and former Conservative MEP, said on Twitter that “the EU’s defense of the protocol is based on a lie”.

He added that the EU’s stated aims, including ‘to keep sausages out of Donegal’, are ‘not its real aims’, which are ‘the creation of an economy for all of Ireland’ .

He also said, “The lie is this. The EU publicly states that its only concern is what it calls “the integrity of the single market”.

“If a single British pork pie were to enter Co Cavan,” he insists, “the customs union would be harmed and its common rules rendered worthless.

“Eurocrats have repeated this claim so often that I think even they, on some level, have come to believe it.

“Naturally their British devotees, who allow no criticism of European institutions, treat the claim like holy scripture.”

EU seeks to create ‘all-Irish economy’ amid row over hated Brexit deal (Image: GETTY)

Daniel Hannan said on Twitter that

Daniel Hannan said on Twitter that “the EU’s defense of the protocol is based on a lie” (Picture: TWITTER)

Writing on Conservative Home, Mr Hannan added: ‘Yet every time a sentimental British Europhile starts ruminating on ‘single market protection’ or ‘the need for border controls somewhere’, plumes of smoke swirl. rise from his pants.

“The Protocol has nothing to do with these things. His real goals are never publicly stated, but they can be clearly inferred.

‘It is designed to divert Northern Ireland’s trade from Britain to the Republic of Ireland, thus strengthening the case for a 32-county republic; prevent the UK from gaining a commercial or competitive advantage over the EU; and, more generally, to give us a kick for Brexit.

“How can I be so sure? Because there is no other way to interpret the EU’s response to Liz Truss’ proposed amendments to the protocol. At no time did she identify, or attempt to identify, how they would cause her any harm.

“If his real concerns were his declared concerns, he would have no problem accepting them. But it cannot do so without undermining its true objectives.

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Hannan added that the EU's objectives are to

Hannan added that the EU’s aims are to ‘create an economy for all of Ireland’ and to ‘kick us in’ (Picture: PA)

Micheál Martin called on the UK to

Micheál Martin called on the UK to ‘get into the tunnel and negotiate’ over protocol changes (Picture: EXPRESS)

Meanwhile, Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin has called on the UK to ‘get into the tunnel and negotiate’ over changes to the post-Brexit deal.

He told the BBC that Ireland and the EU “do not want a trade war” with the UK at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

When asked if the EU was planning to apply tariffs to politically sensitive UK exports, Mr Martin declined ‘to go into detail about something like that because I hope it’s something that we will never have to consider”.

He added: ‘For now I’m just saying, and I’ve kept saying, go ahead, get in the tunnel, the UK government and the EU, negotiate and get the technocrats in.’

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Liz Truss has announced plans to introduce legislation replacing parts of the NI protocol

Liz Truss has announced plans to introduce legislation replacing parts of the NI protocol (Picture: PA)

It comes as the Northern Ireland Assembly will recall on Monday, after a successful petition by Sinn Féin.

The Unionist Party, the largest party in Stormont, organized the recall petition in an effort to elect a new president.

This election, which required cross-community support, is the first act that must take place after an election before the assembly can carry out any other activity.

The petition needed 30 signatures to pass and received support from Alliance and SDLP.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) have now been summoned to the Stormont Chamber on Monday by current Speaker Alex Maskey to debate the “urgent appointment” of ministers.

Northern Ireland Assembly to recall on Monday, after successful petition by Sinn Féin

Northern Ireland Assembly to recall on Monday, after successful petition by Sinn Féin (Picture: EXPRESS)

Michelle O’Neill, Sinn Féin’s First Minister-designate, spoke after meeting a US delegation at Stormont and said: “They expect us to put money in people’s pockets, but the DUP blocks all that.

“It is important that we try to elect a speaker.”

DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson dismissed the recall as a “stunt” by Sinn Féin.

He added: “If they think doing a stunt like this next Monday is going to make a difference, then they really don’t understand unionism and our determination to hold on until we get the decisive action that is necessary to move us all forward.”

Pat R. Madsen