Lord Frost demands “significant” modifications to the Northern Ireland post-Brexit protocol. The UK and EU have been at odds over the Protocol since the Brexit vote. The EU is due to present proposals to address flaws with the Protocol next week.
Lord Frost will use his speech in Lisbon to emphasise that agreements must go far further. He will call on the EU to tackle the fundamental issues at the heart of the protocol head-on.
The government’s inability to implement the Protocol in a reasonable way has created a ‘deep imbalance’. Lord Frost will present the European Commission with a new legislative text this week in order to offer the “foundation” for a new protocol to support the Good Friday Agreement.
The UK government says it will activate the Northern Ireland safeguard provision in the Brexit deal if the EU’s offer is insufficient.
According to a UK government source, the UK will invoke Article 16 of the Protocol, essentially nullifying elements of the agreement. Lord Frost said the relationship between the UK and the EU was “under strain”.