According to Remaniac Tony Blair, European Union bureaucrats must step aside so that politicians can come up with a deal to settle the row over Brexit.
Now, ex-Labour PM Tony Blair, who used the Northern Ireland border as a scare tactic during the Brexit referendum campaign in 2016, has urged EU leaders to compromise on the Protocol. The Tony Blair Institute will issue a paper that recommends eliminating the bureaucrats of the Ursula von der Leyen Commission from the process.
On Wednesday, Tony Blair wrote in the foreword to a new study on Northern Ireland that all parties must be willing to compromise.
Sir Tony negotiated the Good Friday Agreement, which ended the sectarian bloodshed and enabled the Northern Ireland Assembly to be established.
However, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is preventing Stormont from convening due to its concerns regarding the Protocol in NI. The EU is putting the peace process at risk by not showing any willingness to compromise. As a result, the Tony Blair Institute has developed a six-point strategy to break the deadlock.
However, the EU has been unwilling to make any concessions on the Protocol, forcing Boris Johnson’s government to move on its own.
Sir Tony Blair wrote: “It is in the interests of broader European harmony and trade – especially at a time when Europe, including the UK, has come together impressively over Ukraine – that both the EU and the UK show maximum flexibility in order to reach an agreement over Northern Ireland.
“My judgement – with long experience of EU negotiations – is that things have reached such a state of distrust that the two bureaucratic systems will not settle this; it has to be done at the highest political level because, ultimately, it is not a matter of technical work but political will and leadership.”