Following the EUs actions last Friday where they threatened to restrict the free flow of Covid vaccines into Northern Ireland, trust has now been “eroded.”
Michael Gove warned that the EU has “provoked anger and concern” when they threatened to restrict the free flow of vaccines into Ireland
Following a UK and Irish backlash the EU were quick to reverse the situation, which started over the row between the EU and AstraZeneca over the supply of vaccines.
Gove told MPs in the House of Commons, “Trust has been eroded, damage has been done and urgent action is therefore needed.
“Peace, progress and strong community relations in Northern Ireland have been hard won and in recent days we’ve seen an increase in community tension, and, as was reported last night, port staff in Belfast and Larne have been kept away from work following concerns for their safety.”
Gove had also criticised the EU’s initial proposal and told MPs, “Not only plans to stop vaccines being delivered through legally-binding contracts at the height of a pandemic, but also, and critically a unilateral suspension of the painstakingly designed and carefully negotiated provisions of the Protocol, which the EU has always maintained was critical to safeguarding the gains of the Northern Ireland peace process.”