Fewer than a third of British voters believe Boris Johnson’s government is to blame for post-Brexit trade issues.
A new Redfield and Wilton Strategies poll for Politico shows most voters, accounting for 45% of respondents, think the EU is guilty for the problems in implementing the Northern Ireland protocol. By comparison, only 31% think Britain is at fault.
Meanwhile, the poll has also revealed a much of the UK population is unaware of any post-Brexit problems between the UK and the EU – with 1 in 4 voters completely unaware of the Northern Ireland Protocol issues, with most others only understanding a few of the stumbling blocks.
The problems under discussion are related to checks on goods sent from the UK to Northern Ireland.
The EU has currently paused legal action against UK’s alleged breaches of the deal agreed last year. The move was hailed for allowing solutions to be found by Northern Ireland’s first minister Paul Givan, but the government rejected the EU’s proposals to reduce checks because it would mean following EU standards.
During that meeting, the European Parliament condemned the UK’s “unilateral actions that are in breach of the Withdrawal Agreement”. They repeated that one of the EP’s priorities is to preserve peace in island of Ireland when establishing the future EU-UK relationship.
MEPs called on the UK government to “act in good faith and fully implement the terms of the agreements which it has signed’, including the Northern Ireland Protocol.