Stop the poison, UK’s Frost tells EU over post-Brexit deal

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LISBON (Businesshala) – British Brexit minister David Frost made a passionate plea for the EU on Tuesday to allow “significant changes” to the post-Brexit rules governing trade with Northern Ireland, saying only That poison might come out of their relationship.

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Cabinet Minister David Frost walks outside Downing Street in London, Britain February 24, 2021. Businesshala / John Sibley / FILE PHOTO

A day before the European Union is expected to present its proposals to resolve the impasse over a part of the Brexit divorce deal, Frost again warned Brussels that London would face some of the terms of its agreement if the bloc failed to budge. Can forgive unilaterally.

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In a speech that was part of Britain’s 2016 vote to leave the European Union and partly alleged that Brussels was all but purposefully trying to further complicate relations, Frost again pointed to a problem. Appealed for the solution of which has been going on for months.

“In short, let’s try to get back to normal,” he told EU diplomats and reporters in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.

“With a few attempts at will, we may still, in spite of all the problems, be in a position where the issue is completely poisoned and removed from the diplomatic top table forever.”

The European Commission has said it would not immediately comment on Frost’s speech before outlining its proposals.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol as part of his Brexit deal in 2020, but has since argued that it was agreed too hastily and was no longer working for the people of Northern Ireland .

Frost has called on the European Union for months to allow some changes to protocols to ease trade in certain goods between Britain and Northern Ireland, but on Tuesday he stepped up the pressure, coaxing both to celebrate and Brussels on Wednesday. threaten to present

The European Union is expected to unveil its package in July in response to a set of proposals submitted by Britain that called for parts of the protocol governing trade and the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Desire outlined.

Asked about the package of proposals, Frost said: “What we hear about it is interesting, we’ll talk about it, although I’m afraid it might not work out in the first round.”

Britain hopes that short-term intensive talks can solve problems, but the EU has repeatedly said it will not renegotiate the protocol and has criticized Britain for saying both sides are in good faith. An agreement has been signed.

On Monday Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said Britain was fully aware that Brussels could not proceed at the ECJ. “At some point the EU will say enough, we cannot compromise any more and I think we are very close to that point now,” he said.

But Frost reiterated that the protocol was causing unexpected friction for some goods and raising fears about a fragile peace in Northern Ireland, particularly for the Good Friday Agreement that mostly Catholic nationalists and Protestant federalists, or Ended decades of violence between loyalists.

“For the European Union to say now that the Protocol – drawn up in an overly hasty time in a time of great uncertainty – can never be reformed … would be a historically wrong decision,” he said.

“So I repeat to conclude—let us both be ambitious and agree on a better way to proceed.”

Additional reporting by William James, Kylie McClellan and Costas Pitas in London, Writing by Elizabeth Piper, Editing by William McLean

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