The Prime Minister won the 2019 election campaign for his Northern Ireland Protocol, saying it would “finalize Brexit”.
Boris Johnson has admitted he was too “optimistic” when signing his “oven-ready” Brexit deal.
The Prime Minister won the 2019 election campaign for his Northern Ireland Protocol, saying it would “get Brexit done”.
But checks on goods crossing the Irish Sea have caused an uproar and he has introduced legislation to tear them up, enraging the EU.
Critics said at the time that the protocol, which allows British goods to be transported to Northern Ireland under some EU rules, created a border within the UK.
Speaking to reporters on a trip to Rwanda, the prime minister said: “It’s something I didn’t want to do.
“I wanted the protocol to work. At least I agreed to it.
“When I read it, I looked at it with optimistic eyes.
“And I thought if you read it carefully there’s enough stuff in it, there’s enough language about east-west trade and the UK single market to make you think that the EU could make it work that way, as was not the case t onerous for companies attempting to do business between GB and NI east to west.
“It wasn’t operated that way. It brought Stormont down.”
However, the Prime Minister dismissed the EU’s plans for legal action, saying there were “all kinds of” legal cases against the UK.
And he criticized EU negotiator Maros Sefcovic’s proposal that the law was “politically driven”.
He said: “The reaction at the table among our friends was a lot more muted than I think people were expecting.”
Naomi Smith, chief executive of internationalist campaign group Best for Britain, said: “The Prime Minister claims he wanted the protocol to work but in reality he never put in place the necessary infrastructure to make it happen.
“Instead, he chose to create uncertainty and instability through continued threats of unilateral action.
“Instead of bemoaning his blatant failure, the PM does indeed have the power to work with EU colleagues to find a way forward and find a solution that protects businesses and consumers on both sides of the Irish Sea.”
European Commission President Mr Sefcovic made his remarks in an interview with Sky News.
He said: “I can’t help but feel that the bill’s submission is politically motivated.
“But it is not our job to comment on domestic politics in the UK and so our doors will always be open for negotiations.”
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