UK leaves Article 16 on the table after Brussels demand the unworkable NI Protocol to be full implemented.

David Frost negotiates with the EU

With Customs checks required as part of the EU withdrawal agreement being postponed, London and Brussels have agreed to try and find solutions to the ructions regarding how the Northern Ireland (NI) backstop agreement is implemented.

As the UK and EU haven’t met since July, The EU has said the lack of engagement at a political level had stalled talks, and with one month to go till the NI backstop grace period ends, the pressure will start to mount.

The UK has openly said they disagree with the EU’s purist interpretation of the implementation of the NI Protocol. Yet, regardless of the UK’s concerns, the EU still demand the UK to implement the NI Protocol fully.

The EU Commission told the Telegraph: “This has been the quietest summer in the five years of Brexit.”

“Maros Sefcovic and Lord Frost have not even spoken to each other since July.”

In July, new proposals were presented by the UK in an attempt to smooth over problems caused by the Brexit agreement. Next week, negotiations will restart the meeting between Lord Frost and Mr Sefcovic over the phone.

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The UK is pushing to remove all customs checks replacing them with light touch checks on supply chains. The UK also want to remove the EU court of Justice that is currently watching over how the protocol is implemented.

It wasn’t long after the EU come out to reject the amendments from the UK. Britain remains steadfast, saying they still leave the option of Article 16 (abandoning the agreement altogether) on the Table.

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