Lord Frost on EU's brutal refusal to renegotiate with UK
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The UK’s former chief Brexit negotiator Lord Frost has spoken out over the European Union’s refusal to negotiate with Boris Johnson over the Northern Ireland protocol. Northern Ireland has been left under EU trade rules under the current Brexit mechanisms with Lord Frost arguing London has been “left no choice” but to rewrite the Protocol or ditch it completely.
Lord Frost told GB News host Nigel Farage: “I think it was a deal that could have worked with delicate handling on both sides, sensitivity to the need for cross-community consent in Northern Ireland.
“That was always going to require a degree of sensitivity on the EU side that hasn’t been there.”
He added: “I think much of the EU doesn’t understand the niceties and the details and the history of the issues in Northern Ireland and in the end, I think they prioritise protecting their own single market over the Belfast Good Friday Agreement and that that is the problem.
“Whatever the rights and wrongs of how we got here, the protocol has to change or disappear. I think there’s now no option, much better to do by negotiation if the EU will do it though if we read in the paper they’ve just said that they never will change their negotiating mandate and negotiate with us about it. So I think we’re left with no choice.”
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