The top Government minister has repeatedly urged the EU to renegotiate the Northern Ireland protocol – which has effectively kept the province in the bloc’s customs union. This has outraged its Unionist community – which argues that it threatens their British identity – and “must be changed”, the Tory peer said today.
Setting out his post-Brexit vision for Britain, Lord Frost laid out five key areas of interest.
He said: “First Brexit has changed our international interests and hence will change our patterns of European relationships.
“Not necessarily fundamentally – but significantly.
“Second that Brexit means competition.
“We will be setting a different path on economic policy.
“Third that Brexit was about democracy.
“It is a democratic project that is bringing politics back home.
“Fourth that the EU and us have got into a low equilibrium somewhat fractious relationship. And it takes two to fix it.
“And fifth, fixing the serious problem we have with the Northern Ireland Protocol is a prerequisite for getting to that better place.”