“The Stormont Brake has been passed yet the break in UK-EU relations may be irreparable”, Bob Savic (Federal Trust, United Kingdom)

Bob Savic discusses the Stormont Brake provisions of the UK-EU Windsor Framework. While these provisions may indicate a more positive tone of future negotiations between the UK and the EU, it seems clear that any goodwill and trust on the part of the EU towards the UK has been considerably damaged by events of the past five years.

Following recent protracted post-Brexit negotiations on the Northern Ireland Protocol (the Protocol), there persists an underlying crisis of mistrust between the United Kingdom government and the European Union.  This is in spite of the UK Parliament passing the arduously negotiated Stormont Brake provisions of the UK-EU Windsor Framework on Wednesday, March 23rd.

On the very same day, the European Union (EU) passed a new Regulation 2023/657, which lays down rules for the application of the EU’s rights in the implementation and enforcement of the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement (WA) and the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA).

The Regulation, which is due to come into force on 11th April, 2023 will set out new rules, determining how the EU deals with future possible instances of the UK threatening to revoke aspects of those treaties and blocking recourse to measures for the settlement of disputes. It is a clear warning shot across the bows of any future British government inclined to play fast and loose with the WA and TCA.

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