European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel confirmed that they stressed – during a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on Saturday – the implementation of the Brexit agreement “from both sides”, while Johnson called on the Europeans to “pragmatism and accept settlements.”
“Both sides must implement what we have agreed and the full unity of the EU position on this matter,” Derlene and Michel wrote in a tweet on Twitter today, stressing that the measures adopted for Northern Ireland allow “maintaining” peace in the province.
On the other hand, the British government said that Johnson made clear, after a series of meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Derlein and Michel, his “desire for pragmatism and acceptance of settlements by all, but stressed that protecting the Good Friday (peace) agreement is of paramount importance.”
In turn, Macron said, during his talks with Johnson on the sidelines of the G7 summit, that he was ready to reset French-British relations, but stressed that “this reset requires that the British respect their promise to the Europeans and the framework established by the Brexit agreements,” according to the Elysee announced. .
The Elysee Palace said France and Britain had a common vision and interests on many global issues and “a common approach to transatlantic policy”.
Since Britain completed its exit from the European Union late last year, relations with the bloc, especially France, have been strained, and Macron has become the loudest critic of London’s refusal to respect the terms of part of the Brexit agreement.
The agreed protocol aims to keep Northern Ireland, which borders EU member Ireland, in both the UK’s customs territory and the EU’s single market, but London says the protocol is unsustainable in its current form due to the disruption it has created in the supply of everyday goods to Northern Ireland.
Yesterday, the summit of the leaders of the Group of Seven major industrialized countries kicked off in the resort of Cornwall, western England, amid determination to affirm their unity in the face of global crises, starting with the climate and the epidemic, with a focus on redistributing one billion doses of the Corona vaccine.