Tony Blair to release plans on how to calm Brexit tensions in Northern Ireland.

Former Prime Minister and architect of the Good Friday Agreement, Tony Blair, believes the present deadlock can be broken. According to the pro-EU lawmaker, his institute plans to announce a range of steps to assist calm Brexit tensions.

Lord Frost is now negotiating the Protocol’s implementation with European Commission Vice President Marcos Sefcovic.

Britain claims that Brussels’ heavy-handed approach to customs procedures has harmed the UK’s internal market.

Ministers also criticise the European Court of Justice’s role in supervising the mechanism’s implementation.

Mr Blair slammed Boris Johnson’s and the government’s attitude, adding, “They signed it and now they want out of it.”

In an interview with Bloomberg, he added: “Now, I think there are ways through it.”

“My institute will publish a paper in the next couple of days, setting out a series of practical steps that we believe could resolve this issue.”

In recent years, the former PM has used his institution to publish a number of papers targeted at influencing government policy.

His institution was one of the first to urge the government to change its Covid jab approach last winter, allowing as many people as possible to get the initial dosage while postponing second doses.

Lord Frost has warned that unless a solution is found, the UK will use Article 16 of the Protocol, which suspends some provisions of the international pact.

According to him, the Protocol’s frictions suggest that the legal threshold for such action has already been fulfilled.

The Brexit minister has suggested that action might be taken in the coming weeks.

Mr Johnson said earlier this week: “Let me say – given all the speculation – that we would rather find a negotiated solution to the problems created by the Northern Ireland Protocol, and that still seems possible.”

“But if we do invoke Article 16 – which by the way is a perfectly legitimate part of that Protocol – we will do so reasonably and appropriately.”

“Because, we believe it is the only way left to protect the territorial integrity of our country, and meet our obligations to the people of Northern Ireland under the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.”

“There is no question that the use of Article 16, which has already been done by the EU Commission to stop vaccines from being exported into this country, it is something that is perfectly legal within the powers of the protocol,” he said in the Commons yesterday.

Mr Blair said that he did not want the Good Friday Agreement to fall apart as a result of Brexit.

He claimed that no border on the island of Ireland was necessary for long-term peace.

He encouraged ministers to be “careful” in their handling of the controversy, cautioning the government against invoking Article 16.

He said, “It’s always been a principle of the Good Friday Agreement my government negotiated that you keep that border open, and it’s very important for peace that you do.”

“It’s a big problem, and the UK Government has got to be very, very careful on how it handles it.”

Lord Frost has spent the last two days in Belfast talking with politicians and business leaders to get their perspectives on the situation.