Frost calls for 'flexible' approach to Northern Ireland Protocol
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Lord Frost is meeting European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic in an attempt to bridge the gap on the latest Brexit proposals put forward by the EU. The bloc has outlined a plan to overhaul the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol and remove up to 80 percent of checks on goods.
Arriving at the EU Commission HQ, Lord Frost acknowledged there is " still quite a big gap " between the two sides.
He said: "The EU have definitely made an effort in pushing beyond where they typically go in these areas and we’re quite encouraged by that but obviously there is still quite a big gap ."
The UK negotiator is set to argue the measures do not go far enough to restore British sovereignty.
Instead, Lord Frost will remind the EU to take another look at a Command Paper published by the UK in July, which called on the role of the European Court of Justice to be removed.
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Brexit LIVE: David Frost is leading Brexit negotiations (Image: GETTY)
The proposals also set out a plan for any further disputes to be managed through international arbitration. Ahead of the showdown, Lord Frost said: "We do recognise that the EU has made an effort here."
He told Politico: "Obviously theirs is not the only proposal on the table and our Command Paper and the legal text that we sent the Commission this week are where we need to end up and we need to begin that conversation."
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EU accused of 'clear violation' of Brexit deal as MP savages bloc
A Tory MP has called out the EU for a “clear violation” of the Brexit deal after the bloc announced new proposals for the Northern Ireland Protocol.
John Redwood, Conservative MP for Wokingham, believes the proposals show the EU does “accept they have damaged the UK internal market on trade”. The EU has released its plan for the reduction of checks on goods and medicines arriving into Northern Ireland from Great Britain, which have been in place since the UK left the EU in December 2020. The new proposals would remove about 80 percent of spot checks and cut customs paperwork by 50 percent, the EU said.
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The Cabinet Minister said the European Court of Justice should not have jurisdiction in the region.
Under the terms of the protocol, which was agreed by the UK and EU as part of the 2020 Withdrawal Agreement, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) would be the final arbitrator in any trade dispute between the two parties.
Health Secretary Mr Javid said: “Looking forward, there should not be a role for the ECJ in any part of the UK, and that includes Northern Ireland. I think it is an over-legalistic approach that the court has.
“Lord Frost [Britain’s Brexit negotiator] has been really clear about this…one of the most important issues is to end the role of the ECJ.”
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Frost arrives in Brussels for talks and warns of 'big gap' between both sides
Brexit Minister Lord David Frost has arrived in Brussels for talks with European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic.
Speaking in the Belgian capital, Lord Frost said: " The EU have definitely made an effort in pushing beyond where they typically go in these areas and we’re quite encouraged by that but obviously there is still quite a big gap ."
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EU ready for 'trade war' with UK as Frost warned he's 'playing with fire' in Brexit talks
The EU has drawn up contingency plans for a trade war with the UK as Brexit talks intensify, it has emerged.
Officials from five EU member states held crunch talks with the bloc's Brexit negotiator earlier this week and are said to have discussed retaliatory measures if negotiations with the UK relating to Northern Ireland collapse.
One diplomat told the Financial Times that officials want the European Commission to come up with a "legally sound, proportionate and robust response".
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Brexit triggered 'concern' in Germany that its position in EU appeared 'too powerful'
Germany is “concerned” that Brexit and the departure of the UK from the EU will make it appear “too powerful” within the bloc, a political expert told Express.co.uk.
Dr Alim Baluch, a professor who specialises in German politics at the University of Bath , said: “Germany doesn’t mind if it is seen as just one of many bigger countries.
“Germany’s concern is to not be seen as the over-powerful leader of the EU.
But it is massively influential, and it’s trying to play it down — that’s Germany’s game.
“Brexit made it so much more difficult because the second largest economy has gone, and now Germany looks even bigger.”
He added: “So that is Germany’s concern — that it will become an even bigger giant after the UK’s departure — it doesn’t want its leadership role in the EU questioned. "
EU chief hopes for a Brexit solution on NI by Christmas
European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic has said he hopes a Brexit agreement on Northern Ireland can be completed before Christmas.
Mr Sefcovic will discuss the EU's latest proposals for the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol with Brexit Minister Lord David Frost in Brussels today.
Speaking to BBC Northern Ireland’s The View programme on Thursday night, Mr Sefcovic said: "Now we should really do the last mile, work constructively with all the proposals we put on the table, put it finally to bed.
“I believe that we could be in the home stretch with our proposals on the table, and, as I said, let’s try to solve all these issues before Christmas because I think that would be the best Christmas gift we can give to the people of Northern Ireland.”
He added: “I have no mandate to renegotiate the protocol… the Withdrawal Agreement, protocol and trade and co-operation agreement, we signed it, we ratified it, it’s international law, and I think we should respect it.”
European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic (Image: GETTY)
Frost demands 'significant change' from EU
Brexit Minister Lord David Frost has said there must be "significant change" if there is to be a solution to the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol.
He said: " They will need to if we are to find a solution, there needs to be significant change if we are to get an agreed solution.
“All I can say is the governance issue needs to be addressed seriously and if the EU are willing to have a conversation about that on which they move off existing positions obviously we will be happy to have that conversation”
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EU ambassador says bloc has gone the 'extra mile' in talks
Speaking on BBC2’s Newsnight, EU ambassador Joao Vale de Almeida said Brussels has gone the “extra mile” and cannot go any further following Wednesday’s proposals.
He said: "We went to the limits of what we can do to address the problems of Northern Ireland because we care for Northern Ireland.
“These problems were caused by Brexit.”
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