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Wales facing shortages ‘because of Brexit’, says Irish deputy head

14 Oct 2021 3 minutes Read
Leo Varadkar. Credit Sky News

Wales is facing shortages because of Brexit according to the deputy head of the Government of Ireland.

Leo Varadkar, the Tánaiste, made the comments in response to complaints from the UK Government about the Brexit deal with the EU which was signed two years ago.

As part of the deal the two sides signed up to the Northern Ireland Protocol, which was aimed to stop checks along the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

But according to Varadkar the protocol means that Northern Ireland is facing far less issues in terms of shortages than the rest of the UK. He pointed to shortages of goods on shelves in Wales as well as petrol stations being closed.

He said: “One thing I would say while people are pointing out some of the difficulties that the protocol may have in terms of getting goods from Britain into Northern Ireland.

“Look at the trouble Britain has had getting goods into Britain, you know real shortages in England, now in Scotland and Wales, ranging from petrol stations being closed to shelves not having goods on them because of Brexit, and actually the protocol has protected Northern Ireland from that.

“It has fewer supply issues than the rest of the United Kingdom.”

‘Single market’

The protocol keeps Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market for goods, and this has created a new trade border with Great Britain.

The UK Government, which championed the deal at the time, is arguing the current arrangement imposes too many barriers on trade.

It is demanding to fundamentally change the protocol by removing the European Court of Justice (ECJ) from an oversight role. The EU is refusing to budge on this issue, but it has proposed amendments to the protocol that would reduce checks on goods and paperwork.

Varadkar also said: “Well I think the most important thing we should all bare in mind is the protocol was designed to do three things – prevent a hard border between north and south – it’s done that.

“Protect the integrity of the single market and our position in it and it’s done that, and it was designed to allow Northern Ireland to trade freely with both Britain and the European single market, and that’s where some issues have arisen, particularly around difficulties getting goods from Britain into Northern Ireland, and we’re keen to resolve that as best we can and to make modifications to free up the flow of goods from Britain into Northern Ireland.

“But ultimately the role of the European Court of Justice is there to adjudicate the rules of the single market, and I don’t think we could ever have a situation where another court was deciding what the rules of the European single market are, and I think that’s why it makes the demands, the most recent demands of the UK Government very hard to accept because the role of the ECJ is to adjudicate on European laws and European standards.

“I don’t see how that could be handed to a British court or to another court.

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Mavis
Mavis
1 month ago

I think the only solution is to either rejoinEU or at least the single market

Arwyn
Arwyn
1 month ago
Reply to  Mavis

Take a look at Norway’s arrangements. There’s a lot to like.

j humphrys
j humphrys
1 month ago
Reply to  Arwyn

Yes, may also be better than a free-movement model designed for big countries.

Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago
Reply to  Arwyn

The problem for Boris and Brexit people is, that the main thrust of the argument to leave was stopping the free movement of people. Freedom of movement is part of Norway’s EU deal, so a Norway deal would mean going back on a main promise of Brexit, and Boris losing face, and accepting he/ they can not get the deal they promised, rendering Brexit pointless.

Quornby
Quornby
1 month ago

Finally the reality. Meanwhile in other news the UK PM is on holiday as if Brexit shortages, transport failings, NHS strike threat, Covid 19, Afghan debacle, irish border issues and met police scandal didn’t exist.

Last edited 1 month ago by Quornby
Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

The Welsh people must realise that being Brexit martyrs to please the English establishment will not mean you will be rewarded with a pat on the head for being a good loyal Taffy.

Do you think plutocrats PM Boris Johnson or Jacob Rees-Mogg will lose any sleep if your communities suffer Brexit blues. Like hell they will.

All I can say is this. Never trust or support your abuser. And to quote a lyric from a Manic Street Preachers song. ‘If you tolerate this, then your children will be next.’

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
1 month ago

The UK government knows the EU can not side line the ECJ in Northern Ireland – so we are at a stand-off. It could well lead to a trade war and that is what the Tories actually want. The situation in the UK, due to Brexit, is deteriorating quickly, if we have a trade war the Tories will blame the entire mess on the EU. Sounds fantastical ? Not with this bunch of ideological idiots, they are prepared to make the country poorer so long as their warped view is met.Why should we in Wales put up with this? No… Read more »

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