A senior MEP said that the EU is preparing a last ultimatum for the UK because the bloc’s patience has “worn thin” over a command sheet to renegotiate Northern Ireland Protocol.
Lord Frost demanded that significant changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol be made. This is an element of the deal he negotiated. He stated, “we cannot go on as we are”.
Negotiations continue in an attempt to resolve post-Brexit trade issues, with the Brexit minister presenting the proposals in the House of Lords last week.
The Fine Gael Irish MEP Sean Kelly says the UK’s plans will amount to a renegotiation of approximately half of the Protocol. The MEP said this would be unacceptable due to the loss of some EU authority in Northern Ireland.
Mr Kelly added: “This clearly is not acceptable, especially as it includes known EU red lines such as the removal of the European Court of Justice jurisdiction from single market matters in Northern Ireland, a reason many member states signed up to the Protocol in the first place.”
“However, it is cruelly ironic that the British proposals necessitate a high level of trust among parties while they act in a way to denigrate it.”