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While the UK has been desperate to resolve the issues surrounding the Northern Ireland protocol, the EU Commission has been a “static body” as tensions continue to rise over Brexit. Speaking to Express.co.uk, Marcus Fysh Tory MP for Yeovil claimed the UK must continue to find solutions to the Northern Ireland protocol as businesses continue to struggle. In a furious outburst against Brussels, Mr Fysh claimed the world will see how unreasonable the EU has been given the bloc’s reputation for international trade.
He said: “I think as the UK, we should always be reasonable, we should always try to go about our international trade arrangements in a reasonable and constructive manner.
“When other people around the rest of the world look at it, they should be able to see the UK is the reasonable one.
“I think most people will know the EU does not have a good reputation within international trade.
“It does not have a good reputation for being a free trader or for dealing reasonably with other countries in many respects.
“And so I don’t think anyone will be particularly surprised that the EU takes a pretty imperialist and overbearing attitude.”
Mr Fysh also claimed the EU does not have the required skills to fix the issues caused by the Northern Ireland protocol.
He added: “I think the commission is a fairly static body right now, I don’t think it’s actually capable, creative tools.
“I would hope that the member states are more interested in making sure that we have a good and creative, ongoing relationship.”
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Since the UK left the EU, businesses in Northern Ireland have suffered due to the additional customs checks required.
Due to the protocol, Northern Ireland remains part of the EU’s single market despite also being within the UK’s customs union.
Some within Northern Ireland have claimed this leaves the country separated from the rest of the UK.
A series of grace periods were also attached to the protocol for certain goods such as agrifoods, chilled meats and packages.
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Earlier this year, the UK extended the grace period for certain products until October in order to help ease trade.
A truce was called over the grace period for chilled meats on Wednesday after weeks of negotiations.
The grace period will now be extended until September, giving both sides additional time to find a permanent solution.
Brexit minister, Lord Frost said: “We are pleased we have been able to agree a sensible extension on chilled meats moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland – one that does not require rules in the rest of the UK to align with future changes in EU agri-food rules.
“This is a positive first step but we still need to agree a permanent solution – Northern Ireland is an integral part of the United Kingdom and its consumers should be able to enjoy products they have bought from Great Britain for years.”
On Wednesday, the High Court threw out a legal challenge over the Northern Ireland protocol.
Brought forward by members of the DUP, Baroness Kate Hoey and former MEP Ben Habib, the court found the protocol did not conflict with the Act of the Union.
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