Brussels strongly condemned on Wednesday London's decision to extend the grace period on food controls between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which it considers
of the Brexit agreement, in a statement.
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The Vice-President of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic, expresses his
of the British government, in
"flagrant contradiction with the constructive approach which had prevailed until now"
, in this communicated in a particularly scathing tone.
The British decision constitutes
of the provisions of the Northern Irish protocol concluded within the framework of the Brexit agreement between the EU and Great Britain, as well as of the
"obligation of good faith"
provided for by this agreement .
For Brussels, this decision
both the work of the joint committee responsible for monitoring the implementation of the divorce treaty between the EU and the former member state - which left the European bloc for good on January 1, 2021. - and the
necessary for cooperative solutions.
Finally, the EU regrets a unilateral decision taken without Maros Sefcovic, (European) co-chair of the joint committee, having been informed.
The British government decided on Wednesday to extend until October 1 the grace period on the controversial controls on agri-food products between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, intended to allow companies to adapt to the new provisions post-Brexit.
This is a
intended to avoid major disruptions
"as part of a pragmatic and proportional implementation of the Northern Irish protocol"
, underlined in a written declaration to Parliament the Minister of Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis.
Discussions on the subject are continuing with the European Union, he assured.