What have EU been doing! Dithering Brussels issued warning shot over Brexit deal

Brexit ’no excuse’ for Northern Ireland violence says Villiers

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Earlier this year, the UK granted an extension to the ratification process for MEPs but Tory MP for Clywd West David Jones attacked Brussels over its lack of action over the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TAC). The Brexit deal has been applied provisionally since January 1, causing Mr Jones to claim the EU is not “abiding by the spirit” of the deal. With the EU yet to ratify the deal four months after it was agreed, Mr Jones urged the Prime Minister to reject any further extension requests from Brussels.

Indeed, Mr Jones claimed the UK should be prepared to stand firm as MEPs dither over the landmark deal.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Jones said: “Why should they have an extension?

“I mean, I remember coming back to Parliament between Christmas and New Year in order to get the whole process done.

“They’ve had loads of time.

“What has happened over the past four months has shown that the EU is not really abiding by the spirit of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

“Why have they not ratified it? They’ve had tonnes of time.

“It’s not exactly as if they’re rushed off their feet.

“They had plenty of time to ratify it.

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“So you know, I would think that the best thing that the government can do is to say, ‘no, you’re not having an extension’.”

In order to agree the Brexit deal, EU member states gave provisional application to the TAC.

In order to be fully implemented, MEPs must approve the deal and had been given until April 30 to do so.

Britain approved the agreement on December 30 but MEPs delayed the ratification process over issues surrounding Northern Ireland.

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With the UK extending the grace period for goods moving between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, MEPs postponed plans to approve the deal.

Previously, the ratification was delayed amid struggles to translate the text into all the languages of the EU.

However, in a letter to EU vice-President of the Commission Maros Sefcovic, Michael Gove warned the extension to the ratification only adds to uncertainty over Brexit.

Mr Gove said: “Provisionally applying the Agreement was not the United Kingdom’s preferred outcome given the uncertainty it creates for individuals and businesses.

“Extending the period of provisional application prolongs that uncertainty.”

Due to the extension of the grace period relating to Northern Ireland, Brussels has said it will begin legal proceedings against the UK.

However, UK officials believe issues over trade will be resolved within the next six months as Brexit tensions remain high.

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