Brexit breakthrough as Germany finally wades in on UK’s row with EU: ‘Come to your senses’

EU refuse to end ECJ oversight in Norther Ireland Protocol talks

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Unlike France, where slamming the British over the talks has been commonplace, Germany has remained relatively quiet on the issue. But it seems Berlin’s patience is running out with both London and Brussels.

Germany’s Minister for Europe Michael Roth’s call to London comes in what he describes as “pragmatic proposals” in the ongoing negotiations surrounding the Northern Ireland Protocol.

He called for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Government to “come to its senses” over the ongoing dispute.

Lord David Frost has repeatedly threatened to trigger Article 16, an emergency brake if talks about Northern Ireland’s trading position fail.

Such a move could trigger a trade war between the EU and UK.

Suggesting the issue was serious; Mr Roth said the situation is “not a game”.

Taking to social media outside the EU Commission, Mr Roth said: “Dear friends in London and in Great Britain, please come to your senses.”

In his video, he continued: “We want, damn it, to work together as partners and friends. We don’t want to permanently argue about what we actually have agreed.”

This is arguably the clearest sign since the elections in Germany that the EU powerhouse has felt the need to intervene in wider European affairs.

With its own election fallout still fresh, the call appears to signal that the upcoming talks between the UK and the EU on Friday could be a last chance warning to both parties.

However, some were quick to slam Germany’s perspective on Twitter.

Mike Aubrey said: “Hey – can you explain to me why it should be any business of the EU when goods are transferred from part of the UK to another part of the UK for use/consumption in that part of the UK?”

Adding to the argument, Kenneth One of Six Variant said: “I don’t think you have any grounds to try and impose EU law on UK territory and expect compromise.”

Agreeing, Maid said: “Exactly, they have no rights. If they want to trade they must come to us and vice versa. Our laws apply to us, not theirs.”

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In a dig at the “Dear London” call, whyohwhy1965 said: “Dear Germany. No thanks.”

Talks are still ongoing between the EU and the UK.

European Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic said on Sunday that progress had been made in talks and that solutions could be found if London redoubled its efforts.

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan this week insisted Article 16 will not be triggered before Christmas.

Backing up the notion that talks will come to a positive conclusion, Michael Gove said: “Lord Frost has signalled that while, of course, it’s always possible that Article 16 may require to be invoked, we’re confident that we’ll be able to make progress without it.”

Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin said he believes all sides share “a common desire to get these issues revolved through negotiation”.

He urged both the UK and the EU to “turn the corner” and act in the “best interests of people in Northern Ireland on the ground”.

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