Irish FM calls on UK to ‘comply with international law’ over Brexit border controls –


Irish Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney has called on the UK government to uphold international law after a DUP minister halted post-Brexit checks on goods arriving in Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK .

“Put simply, the UK government has an obligation to comply with international law,” Coveney said on Twitter. “It is certainly not too much to ask as we are all working to find agreement on a flexible and pragmatic implementation of the Northern Ireland protocol,” he added.

His comments follow an appeal on Thursday to border authorities by Edwin Poots, Northern Ireland’s Agriculture Minister, asking them to suspend checks on goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK.

The order came amid DUP opposition to the Northern Ireland Protocol, seen as driving a wedge between Britain and Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland First Minister Paul Given announced his resignation later Thursday in protest at the protocol. His departure automatically removes Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill from her post as Deputy Prime Minister due to the power-sharing deal in place.

Addressing Irish lawmakers, Coveney called Poots’ decision a “breach of international law”.

“Deliberately frustrating obligations under the treaty would indeed be a very serious matter,” he said, adding that “this is essentially playing politics with legal obligations.”

(Molly Killeen |


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