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Protocol promise: PM in vow to trigger Article 16 if trading difficulties worsen - Belfast Telegraph -  14 January 2021
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said his Government will have no hesitation in triggering Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol if "disproportionate" problems arise as a result of the Brexit deal.

Mr Johnson made the comments in the Commons yesterday in response to a question from the DUP's Sir Jeffrey Donaldson.

Article 16 allows the EU or the UK to unilaterally take appropriate safeguard measures if its application leads to "serious economic, societal or environmental difficulties that are liable to persist", or to diversion of trade.

Sir Jeffrey said: "The Prime Minister promised us that Northern Ireland would continue to have access to the UK internal market, yet in my constituency consumers are facing empty supermarket shelves, they can't get parcels delivered from Great Britain.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 30th, 2021 at 07:39:24 PM EST
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Don't you realise that its only the UK which is supposed to be trying to constantly renegotiate, modify, or otherwise negate previously agreed commitments? No wonder the children are crowing when the adult makes a mist-step. But you can be sure the Commission is storing up all these incidents for payback later.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jan 31st, 2021 at 05:46:01 PM EST
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The latest, this Sunday night:

AstraZeneca to deliver 9M more coronavirus vaccine doses to EU
AstraZeneca will deliver 9 million more doses of its coronavirus vaccine to the EU than it offered last week, the European Commission announced, following a week of escalating tensions over massive anticipated shortfalls.

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Sunday after a virtual meeting with the CEOs of vaccine producers including AstraZeneca that the company will now send a total of 40 million doses in the first quarter of the year and start deliveries one week earlier than scheduled. It will also expand its manufacturing capacity in Europe.

AstraZeneca's revelation that it would fall short of expectations by some 75 million doses sparked a standoff with the Commission over the terms of the company's contract, and also prompted Brussels to impose export controls on vaccines leaving the bloc.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jan 31st, 2021 at 09:13:01 PM EST
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