Brexit LIVE: Austrian MEP blames Brexiteers for mess in furious rant not fault of EU

BBC Breakfast: Fallout from Brexit Minister Lord Frost's speech

We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info

Austrian MEP Andreas Schieder argues the EU is not at fault for UK’s post-Brexit issues, instead blaming Brexiteers. His rant comes as Lord Frost said the UK wanted the European Court of Justice to be removed from overseeing the Northern Ireland Protocol, where the EU could battle the UK if there is a fall out about the agreement. Mr Schieder said: “We want to protect the integrity of the single market and we want to also protect the Good Friday Agreement and the peace in Northern Ireland, so whenever it comes to how we can make it easier, we said we will always be flexible.

“But we will not accept that we go over some red lines and one is the responsibility of the European Court and also, the European Court has nothing to do with the question of sausages, empty shelves in British supermarkets or other issues. So therefore, this is an ideological point of Brexit.

“At the beginning of all this Brexit mess, we always asked the UK government what kind of future relations they wanted and they never can give the answer.

“We see now the results of Brexit, it’s empty shelves in the supermarkets, no butchers in slaughterhouses, problems at the gas stations.

“This is a direct result of a very very badly implemented Brexit by the Brexiteers and it’s not the fault of the European Union at all.”

FOLLOW BELOW FOR LIVE UPDATES…

Why is there a disagreement about the ECJ in the NI protocol?

Lord David Frost has called for the removal of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) from oversight of the Protocol.

Under the terms of the protocol, which was agreed as part of the 2020 Brexit deal, the ECJ would be the final arbitrator in any future trade dispute between the EU and the UK on how the protocol works.

Lord Frost is now arguing that the ECJ should be removed from this post and replaced by an independent arbitration process. 

However, Maros Sefcovic, European Commission vice president, has insisted the EU will not move on the ECJ issue despite budging on several other issues previously branded “impossible”. 

Issues the fault of a ‘very very bad Brexit’

Austrian MEP Andreas Schieder, rapporteur for the Committee on Foreign Affairs, has absolved the EU of blame for current issues in the UK, and has instead blamed a poorly executed Brexit. 

He said:

 “We want to protect the integrity of the single market and we want to also protect the Good Friday Agreement and the peace in Northern Ireland, so whenever it comes to how we can make it easier, we said we will always be flexible.

“But we will not accept that we go over some red lines and one is the responsibility of the European Court and also, the European Court has nothing to do with the question of sausages, empty shelves in British supermarkets or other issues. So therefore, this is an ideological point of Brexit.

“At the beginning of all this Brexit mess, we always asked the UK government what kind of future relations they wanted and they never can give the answer.

“We see now the results of Brexit, it’s empty shelves in the supermarkets, no butchers in slaughterhouses, problems at the gas stations. 

“This is a direct result of a very very badly implemented Brexit by the Brexiteers and it’s not the fault of the European Union at all.”

Source: Read Full Article