BRUSSELS: The European Commission has strongly condemned the violence in Northern Ireland which erupted final week over a post-Brexit buying and selling association.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the acts of violence that have occurred in Northern Ireland over the past days. Nobody has anything to gain from this. We call on all those involved to refrain immediately from these violent acts,” the fee’s chief spokesperson Eric Mamer tweeted on Thursday.
British and Irish leaders have additionally known as for an finish to the riots.
“The way to resolve differences is through dialogue, not violence or criminality,” mentioned UK prime minister Boris Johnson.
“I utterly condemn the violent attacks on police, a journalist, and bus driver over recent days in The North. Now is the time for the two Governments and leaders on all sides to work together to defuse tensions and restore calm,” tweeted Irish prime minister, Micheal Martin.
The Northern Ireland govt additionally mentioned on Thursday that it’s “gravely concerned” by the latest riots in the area in which greater than 50 law enforcement officials have been injured.
Riots erupted final week in Belfast, Northern Ireland between nationalists, loyalists and the police over the Northern Ireland Protocol, the buying and selling association which they declare has created boundaries between Northern Ireland and the remaining of Britain.
The newest growth adopted a number of nights of unrest in loyalist communities amid tensions over the Protocol inside the Brexit deal between the UK and the European Union (EU).
The Protocol, as an integral half of the Withdrawal Agreement, was ratified by the 2 sides and has been in drive since February 1, 2020.
“The protocol was agreed to protect peace and stability in Northern Ireland, to protect the Good Friday and Belfast agreement, to protect North-South cooperation, to avoid a hard border,” mentioned European Commission spokesperson for EU-UK relations Daniel Ferrie.
On March 31, the European govt arm obtained a draft UK-EU work program from Britain, following the bloc’s request to be supplied with “a credible roadmap with clear deliverables and milestones for the implementation of the protocol”, mentioned Ferrie.
The doc is presently being reviewed by the European Commission, and contacts on the technical stage have been established between the 2 events, he added.