Express.co.uk readers were asked yesterday if Mr Johnson should “rip up the EU deal to ensure meat can be delivered within the UK”. Readers reacted with fury over the trade tensions between Great Britain and Northern Ireland and urged Mr Johnson to act. Next month the UK faces a ban on exporting chilled meat products, including sausages and mince, to Northern Ireland.
The six-month grace period of unfettered, borderless trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland is due to end this month.
The EU has said they will not give concessions to ensure untethered distribution of meat products within the UK.
The EU fears that products going from Great Britain to Northern Ireland may enter the single market leading the bloc to insist that products pass through stringent customs checks.
Former French European minister and MEP Nathalie Loiseau also issued a warning to the UK, and said: “We are warning (that) you signed an agreement, you have to implement it.
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One Daily Express reader commented: “There is more than enough evidence to support voiding the Withdrawal Agreement and just moving to World Trade Organisation terms.
“We must stop inviting EU presidents to attend global events like the G7, they are a quango and have no place there.”
Another reader said: “Just announce that this Withdrawal Agreement is a waste of time without common sense and cooperation, and serve notice.
“World Trade Organisation it is.”
Another reader commented that the UK should consider invoking “article 16”.
Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol can give either the EU or UK unilateral control within their jurisdictions if there arises “serious economic, societal or environmental difficulties that are liable to persist, or to diversion of trade’.
A reader said: “There can be no impediment to the free movement of people, goods or services between one part of the United Kingdom and another.
“If that means invoking article 16 and submitting our 12-month notice on the TCA, that is what Johnson needs to do, he has given the EU more than enough chances.”
However, US president Joe Biden has warned the UK to not jeopardise the Good Friday Agreement by disputing the checks and balances present in the Northern Ireland Protocol.
It is expected that Mr Biden will warn Mr Johnson not to risk Northern Ireland’s peace process over Brexit.
President Biden, who has Irish ancestral roots, has consistently maintained that the Good Friday Agreement must not be jeopardised by rows over trade.
To this Mr Johnson said: “There’s complete harmony on the need to keep going, find solutions, and make sure we uphold the Belfast Good Friday Agreement.
“And I think what’s interesting is Northern Ireland is a fantastic place and it’s got amazing potential.
“It is a great, great part of the UK.”
The Express.co.uk poll of 6,858 people ran from 5.39 pm on Saturday 12 June to 10.00 am on Sunday 13 June.