From the time the Protocol was signed, EU demonstrated an unchanged position that it is not open for renegotiation
The bill that determines future UK-EU relations was announced on Christmas Eve in a rush leaving behind deep scrutiny of the deal. As predicted, obviously, many challenges would occur in the divorce process, including the issue of Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland Protocol, a part of binding Withdrawal Agreement that keeps Northern Ireland subject to EU rules in many areas which sets barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. Having entered the agreement into force at the beginning of the year, Northern Ireland faced disruption to supplies from Great Britain, particularly of food products, and experienced shortages even in supermarkets and garden centers whose products remain subject to EU plant health rules
Recently, to reach a compromise on the Protocol, the UK has called on EU member states to broaden Commission Vice-President Šefčovič’s mandate. Given the current impasse, how should the EU respond to this request?