Maros Sefcovic said the Northern Ireland Protocol must be 'properly implemented', but admitted both sides would have to compromise
Maros Sefcovic said he wanted a solution that would benefit all sides and called for talks to go faster but the DUP accused him of dismissing their 'real and genuine concerns'.
"That's the goal why I came here.Play Video 0:56 The EU has pushed back sharply against demands the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol be scrapped, warning that a renegotiation would merely lead to more instability for traders and communities.After blistering temperatures of near 30C baked the country Brits have been warned to expect thunderstorms across almost the whole of the UK.Brexit Northern Ireland protocol was not fit for purpose in an impassioned speech on Thursday morning.
That's my attitude.That's my approach." Image: Mr Sefcovic (R) was on a fact-finding mission to Northern Ireland The commission's vice president said the EU wanted"this problem solved" before 1 January this year - when the transition period ended.The Met Office has issued a yellow severe weather warning for thunderstorms for all of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.During a keynote speech at Queen's University in Belfast, Mr Sefcovic added:"So can we do this faster? Let's go for it."I mean, we are ready for engagement, we will be working as we've been until now, constructively with our UK partners.The DUP leader said:"There can be no doubt that the Northern Ireland Protocol is not just having and creating a threat to the economic integrity of the United Kingdom, it is having real-world impacts on our economy.
"Let's see how far and how fast we can progress.A spokesperson said: "Following overnight rain and showers, more intense showers and thunderstorms are expected to break out fairly widely from late-morning, before easing during the evening." What is the Northern Ireland Protocol and why are the EU and UK fighting over sausages? Mr Sefcovic telling Stormont politicians to"dial down the rhetoric" after the DUP threatened to withdraw ministers from parliament was met with derision.But he said:"I think that appeal for calm, for dialogue, for constructive engagement cannot offend anybody.And I will just repeat my invitation for this constructive, calm discussion."This will have the potential to generate surface water flooding, especially if it falls over an urban area." He added that despite difficulties with how the protocol was operating, there was no reason to get rid of it..
Image: Mr Sefcovic was greeted warmly by First Minister Paul Givan (L) despite his party not agreeing with him "I know how difficult it was to get here and therefore I'm ready to go the extra mile to save the progress, to build on the achievements, which took us five years to build," he said.Mr Sefcovic said his visit to Northern Ireland had been"informative, inspiring and enriching"."Almost everywhere could see some storms on Thursday," a Met Office spokesman added.Sir Jeffrey said it was"unfortunate" Mr Sefcovic was"so dismissive of the real and genuine concerns" and insisted:"It is not mere rhetoric, it is articulating the views and concerns of unionists".He added:"In the end, the agreement that we have, the political institutions that we have can only work if both unionists and nationalists support them so the EU needs to move, and quickly, to address the concerns of unionists." Related Topics.The Met Office confirmed that Aberporth, Ceredigion, recorded a 24-hour minimum temperature of 20.
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Lightning strikes, hail and heavy rain set to lash the UK after heatwave endsThe Met Office has issued a yellow severe weather warning for thunderstorms for all of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as huge swathes of England
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Live lightning tracker shows where thunderstorms are hitting across UKForecasters predict lightning will break out mainly across central Scotland, the north-east of England and parts of Northern Ireland tonight