SNP’s external affairs secretary, Angus Robertson demands an explanation from Brexit Minister Lord Frost regarding the change in tack towards the EU regarding the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Angus said: “Lord Frost needs to explain to Scotland what the rationale is behind the UK Government’s high risk and potentially provocative strategy, and provide reassurance that a damaging breakdown in relations can be avoided.”
“Scotland is already suffering from the damaging economic impact of Brexit and being removed against our will from a market around seven times bigger than the UK.”
“We need to do everything possible to avoid making that damage even worse, which is why I will be urging Lord Frost to ensure that the UK Government proceeds in a spirit of collaboration, not conflict, with the EU.”
Lord Frost replied saying: “It’s clear that the Protocol is not working in its current form and significant changes are needed to ensure that it is sustainable for the future.”
“We have set out our proposals to resolve the serious issues with the Protocol in exhaustive detail in our Command Paper.”
“The EU need to engage with us urgently on these issues – we are ready to move forward in a constructive way.”