Former US Ambassador mocks ‘crocodile tears’ from EU over Northern Ireland trade row

EU ‘cries crocodile tears’ says Sir Christopher Mayer

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Former US Ambassador Sir Christopher Meyer argued that the EU would shed “crocodile tears” when it came to the issues around Northern Ireland. While speaking on LBC, Sir Christopher insisted the post-Brexit trade arrangements were causing issues in Northern Ireland. He noted the European Union seems to be ignoring the rising tensions despite saying they care about maintaining peace in Northern Ireland.

Sir Christopher said: “The thing that irritates me about the European Union is it cries crocodile tears over the need to preserve peace in Northern Ireland.

“Time and again we have heard Michael Barnier and Ursula von der Leyen and all that lot saying above all we want to preserve peace in Northern Ireland.

“But they refuse to see that there is already rioting in Northern Ireland, the marching season is coming up in July.

“The province could descend into violence and chaos, the very thing they say they want to avoid unless something is done about the implementation of the Northern Ireland protocol.

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“You don’t need to revise the whole thing you just have to change how it is implemented.

“That is not a breach of international law, but any measure.”

Sir Christopher has remained confident that the UK will be able to resolve the issues, however.

He has also argued Brexit Britain will be prosperous and isn’t desperately in need of a US trade deal.

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While speaking to Sky News, Sir Christopher said: “We don’t really need a free trade deal from the US.

“It might help in the margins but I think it has been grossly overblown as a British objective.

“The fact of the matter is, the last time I looked at the statistics, the United States and the UK were still each other’s biggest foreign direct investors.

“The quantum of trade between our two countries and I meant this in both directions, it is enormous.

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“I think we have a surplus already with the US.

“So when we are all saying we need a trade agreement now, we don’t really need it all that much.

“We shouldn’t be in a hurry.

“If the Americans want to use it as a stick to beat us with, if you see what I mean, it is not worth worrying about.”

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