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The former EU Brexit negotiator accused the Prime Minister of being a ‘buccaneer’ in calling on Mr Johnson to stick to the withdrawal agreement signed in 2020. He told French broadcaster Europe 1: ” What interests me about Boris Johnson is that he respects his commitments, that he does not behave like a buccaneer and that he respects his signature.”
Mr Barnier went on to say that the Prime Minister should “respect EU fishermen” and should respect Irish citizens on matters relating to the Northern Ireland Protocol.
But the former EU chief was quickly reprimanded by Frexit generation chief Charles-Henri Gallois, who said: “You didn’t read the treaty you negotiated?
“On fisheries, the UK has stuck to the deal.
“The EU and you negotiated very badly.”
Mr Gallois added: “On Ireland it’s also a big joke.
“You were the one who cynically used it all the time during the negotiations.”
The former Brexit negotiator has been attacking the Prime Minister for a week.
He criticized Mr Johnson for threatening to take unilateral action to destroy the mechanism if the EU refused to compromise in talks on how to make the deal more sustainable in the long term.
Attacking Mr Johnson for urging Brussels to fix the problems caused by the protocol, Mr Barnier said last week the deal was “exactly what they signed”.
He said: “The UK government has very consciously agreed to this complicated solution which safeguards the economy of all of Ireland, protects the internal market, provides the checks we need and keeps the peace.
“The UK government must take a pragmatic, ideologically-free attitude to find practical solutions.”
Mr Barnier added: “Mr Johnson is a competent and experienced politician, he has very high quality civil servants around him.
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Goods from Britain are subject to bureaucratic customs checks, with many companies simply refusing to ship to the province due to excessive paperwork.
Currently, travel vouchers to Northern Ireland are at risk of entering the EU single market via the Southern Republic.
Mr Johnson wants Brussels to agree to remove customs checks for all products unlikely to leave the UK.
It also calls for the role of the European Court of Justice in monitoring the protocol to be abolished.
The Prime Minister argued that it is impossible for the EU tribunal to be impartial in the proceedings.