David Frost, the UK’s Brexit minister, has said triggering article 16 to suspend post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland is “very much on the table”, as he met his EU counterpart in Brussels.
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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.
The impasse over the Northern Ireland protocol risks creating a “cold mistrust” in EU-UK relations, the UK’s Brexit minister has said, with grace periods on a range of products weeks away from expiring.