EU’s own UK ambassador turns on bloc after Article 16 disaster ‘It should be last resort’

Joao Vale de Almeida says Article 16 ‘issue was solved’

Joao Vale de Almeida told Sky News that the European Union’s decision to trigger Article 16 was an oversight as he asked the UK to “move on” from the incident. Mr Vale de Almeida appeared to distance himself from the move, stating that the triggering of Article 16 should only occur as a last resort.

He said: “The regulation of Article 16 does not erect a border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

“Let’s be very clear about that, the issue was an oversight and it was solved.

“It is no longer there so let’s move on.

“I want to be very clear to our Northern Ireland friends, the EU is a main support of the Good Friday Agreement.”

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Sky News’ Sam Coates asked: “

The EU ambassador replied: “Article 16 is a measure of last resort and it should only be activated in particular circumstances.”

The trading bloc has since reversed its decision to trigger Article 16 of the Nothern Ireland protocol.

However, the EU has suffered widescale backlash for its original decision.

EU made ‘catastrophic misstep’ over Article 16 U-turn says Hunt

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