David Frost: EU sometimes appears to ‘not want’ UK success
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After the talks, Lord Frost insisted progress “had been limited” during negotiations. He also said the EU’s proposals for the Northern Ireland protocol did not deal with the difficulties to trade. In a final remark, he said: “In the UK view, these gaps could till be bridged through further intensive discussions.”
Brexit minister Lord Frost had previously hinted Article 16 will be triggered if no agreement is not found between the UK and EU.
Speaking ahead of his meeting in Brussels, Lord Frost claimed the UK wants to find a solution to issues and said a “significant gap remains” between the UK and EU.
He also claimed Article 16 “remains on the table”.
Lord Frost met with France’s EU minister Clement Beaune on Thursday to discuss issues surrounding Jersey fishing licences.
The UK has warned a solution to the Protocol must be reached in the near future or the Government will trigger Article 16 to unilaterally suspend parts of the Brexit deal.
EU officials believe the UK will trigger the procedure after the COP26 summit this month as tension remain high.
During his meeting with Mr Beaune, Lord Frost also discussed the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The Government’s spokesperson said: “We are seeking substantive changes to the Protocol with the EU. These changes are necessary because the Protocol as it's currently being enforced is extremely damaging to the people of Northern Ireland and the businesses therein."
Additional reporting by Bill McLoughlin
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Brexit news: Lord Frost to meet with Maros Sefcovic (Image: RT)
Nexit campaigners call for Brussels to renegotiate position
Bloc leaving campaigners in the Netherlands are calling for Brussels to renegotiate the country’s position in the bloc as euroscepticism continues to grow.
Writing on the Dutch website OpinieZ, Jan Gajentaan unleashed a scathing attack on the EU as he lamented the Netherlands has been forced to give up on its sovereignty in favour of new EU rules.
He wrote: “We are now thirty years since the Maastricht Treaty and we have sat through a protracted EU crisis.”
“It is fair to say that this was already the case in the 1970s and 1980s, but then it was our own stupidity that made a sensible immigration policy out of the question.”
Macron accuses Boris of ‘dragging out’ fishing row
Emmanuel Macron has accused Boris Johnson of “gragging out” the post-Brexit fishing row, as the standoff between the UK and France continues.
The furious French president told his top aides the Prime Minister is trying to “entrap” the EU in a “Franco-British problem”.
DUP leader begs EU to put Northern Ireland first in Brexit talks
Jeffrey Donaldson, the leader of the DUP, has begged the EU to put Northern Ireland’s interests first after talks between Frost and Sefcovic.
Lord Frost has said triggereing Article 16 would allow parts of the deal to be suspended, while Mr Sefcovic warned it would have “serious consequences”.
Mr Donsaldson blasted the European Commission vice-president’s comments as “intemperate, ill-judged and very ill-advised.”
He said: “[The EU] ought to recognise that the protocol and its Irish Sea Border is causing economic harm and undermining stability in Northern Ireland.
“These negotiations cannot become a process to excuse away the real problems of the protocol nor is it acceptable for those with EU interests to now claim that a legal mechanism within the protocol – namely Article 16 cannot and should never be used.”
He added: “It is time the interests of NI were put first by the EU rather than behaving in a manner which has brought us to the brink.”
Jeffrey Donaldson (Image: Getty Images)
EU revolt! VDL urged to ‘immediately accept’ UK into banned research project
Ursula Von der Leyen, President of the EU Commission has been urged to “immediately accept” the UK into a banned research project after thousands of the EU’s top researchers threatened to revolt.
The academics from over 1,000 universities said the bloc was approaching “a major crunch point” and warned of a major weakening of Europe’s “research strength” should they not accept the UK into the Horizon Europe project.
In a statment, the researchers said: “We are rapidly approaching a crunch point.
“With the first Horizon Europe grant agreements approaching and new calls soon to be launched, UK association must be finalised without further delay.
“Further delays or even non-association would result in a missed opportunity and a major weakening of our collective research strength and competitiveness.”
Donaldson urges EU to put Northern Ireland’s interests first
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has urged the EU to put Northern Ireland’s interests first “rather than acting out of selfish interest”.
The Democratic Unionist Party leader was speaking after No 10 said “limited” progress had been made in talks between Brexit minister Lord Frost and European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic in Brussels on Friday.
Mr Sefcovic said he had been disappointed in the UK’s unwillingness to compromise.
Lord Frost said Article 16, which would allow parts of the deal to be suspended, was “very much on the table”, while Mr Sefcovic said invoking the protocol would have “serious consequences”.
Sir Jeffrey slammed that comment by Mr Sefcovic as “intemperate, ill-judged and very ill-advised”.
“They (the EU) ought to recognise that the protocol and its Irish Sea Border is causing economic harm and undermining stability in Northern Ireland,” he said.
“These negotiations cannot become a process to excuse away the real problems of the protocol nor is it acceptable for those with EU interests to now claim that a legal mechanism within the protocol – namely Article 16 cannot and should never be used.
“Indeed, I would remind those who claim that it is against the spirit of the Belfast Agreement to invoke Article 16, in circumstances where it is done to commence a process of re-establishing NI’s place in the UK internal market, that a border down the Irish Sea is the real and damaging breach of the 98 Agreement.
“The Government set out a reasonable position in its command paper and our view remains unchanged that unless the Irish Sea border goes then it will not be business as usual in Northern Ireland.
“It is time the interests of NI were put first by the EU rather than behaving in a manner which has brought us to the brink.”
Meanwhile, Sinn Fein MLA Declan Kearney slammed “threats and rhetoric” from Lord Frost as “reckless and at odds with where widespread public and political opinion is on the protocol in the North, and across the island”
Woman loses £2k after being turned away by Ryanair for Brexit rule most people don’t know
Travel around Europe is now more difficult than ever and if Britons don’t bring the right documentation, they could see their holidays ruined due to a new Brexit rule.
A woman lost £2000 in accommodation, hotel and flights after she was turned away at a Ryanair check-in desk for one small Brexit rule many travellers aren’t aware of.
A woman was jetting off to Mallorca for a family holiday last month.
However, she ended up having to abandon her family as she was rejected at the Ryanair check-in desk.
This was because of a new Brexit rule which many travellers are not aware of regarding the validity of the passport.
This is an issue many holidaymakers have encountered this last year.
Keep your promise, Boris! PM blasted for 'sacrificing' UK's fishing industry
Jayne Adye has called for the Prime Minister to give Brexit Minister Lord David Frost real power to stand up to Brussels by making Britain's "divorce deal" payments to the bloc contingent on the resolution of the row over fishing access and the cessation of French threats.
Ms Adye was speaking in a week in which Lord Frost and Clement Beaune, France's Minister for Europe, met for talks aimed at defusing the dispute.
She said: "Time and again since his election as Leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister in 2019, Boris Johnson has claimed he is on the side of UK fishermen.
"He has promised to protect their interests in talks with the European Union and to 'Level-up' coastal communities which have been abandoned for so long.
"However, the reality has seen the UK fishing industry pushed further down the pecking order, ready to be sacrificed in order to get the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement across the line."
EU refuses to budge in Brexit row as fury builds at Frost
Brussels is refusing to budge on its Brexit demands after talks between EU Commissioner Maros Sefcovic and Lord Frost ended in “disappointment”.
Lamenting the UK for not coming to the negotiating table with acceptable proposals, Mr Sefcovic said: “We have spared no effort in preparing this package and bringing it across the finishing line. Our package, as a whole, will provide significant changes for operators on the ground.
“In practice, our proposal would create a type of ‘Express lane’.
“Customs-related red tape would be cut in half. A significant range of retail goods would also benefit from simplified certification. This would result in a reduction of up to 80 percent of SPS checks.
“It is a whole new model for how goods can be moved from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. It would result in strengthened opportunities for the people of Northern Ireland.
“This was a big move by us. But until today, we have seen no move at all from the UK side. I find this disappointing and once again, I urge the UK government to engage with us sincerely.
“From this perspective, I see next week as an important one. We should focus all efforts on reaching a solution as soon as possible. Our aim should be to establish stability and predictability for Northern Ireland.
“We hear a lot about Article 16 at the moment. Let there be no doubt that triggering Article 16 – to seek the renegotiation of the Protocol – would have serious consequences.
“Serious for Northern Ireland, as it would lead to instability and unpredictability.
“And serious also for EU-UK relations in general, as it would mean a rejection of EU efforts to find a consensual solution to the implementation of the protocol.”
Lord Frost issues final ultimatum
Following talks with Maros Sefcovic, Lord Frost warned the gaps which remain can only be solved through “intensive discussions”.
He also claimed progress had been limited during talks on Friday with EU officials.
He said: “In the UK view, these gaps could be bridged through further intensive discussions.”
Brexit news: Lord Frost issues final ultimatum (Image: GETTY)
EU insitutues call on Commission to fix Horizon Europe
A letter which represents over 1,000 universities and other institutes to integrate the UK into the programme now it has left the EU.
In the letter, they call on the Commission to finalise the UK’s full association to Horizon Europe.
It read: “We are rapidly approaching a crunch point. With the first Horizon Europe grant agreements approaching and new calls soon to be launched, UK association must be finalised without further delay.
“Now is the time for swift and decisive action.
“Further delays or even non-association would result in a missed opportunity and a major weakening of our collective research strength and competitiveness
EU trying to find solutions over Northern Ireland
European Commission spokesman, Daniel Ferrie, said the EU is attempting to find solutions to Northern Ireland.
Speaking today, Mr Ferrie said: “We are fully engaged in this process and attempting to find solutions.
“We want solutions which can provide stability to the nation.
“That’s what everybody should concentrate on.”
Britons have hit out at Barack Obama ahead of his impending visit to Glasgow for COP26, as they criticised his treatment of the UK during the Brexit referendum.
The former US President’s visit to Scotland will be his first in more than four years.
He will be hosting a roundtable conversation with emerging leaders who are focused on climate issues around the world.
In a video message recorded in advance of his visit, Mr Obama said he was looking forward to seeing youth activists make their voices heard.
He said: “From the perspective of the Obama Foundation, one of the things I'm most excited about is to see the young activists from around the world who are taking up the baton and not just working in their own countries, but now forming a collective movement across borders to tell the older generation that has gotten us into this mess that we all have an obligation to dig our way out of it.”
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Lord Frost lays down gauntlet ahead of EU talks
Lord Frost warned today “significant” gaps remain between the two sides.
Although the UK will not trigger Article 16 today, he said it remains “very much on the table”.
He said “time is running” on talks and an agreement must be reached.
Brexit news: Lord Frost travelled to Brussels today (Image: GETTY)
Ditch Brexit red tape – companies had to fill in 48 MILLION documents in just 8 months
Exporters had to fill in 48 million customs declarations in the first eight months of Brexit, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.
Following the UK’s departure from the single market and customs union, firms also had to fill in a daunting total of 140,000 export health certificates, the report from the NAO has said today.
According to the watchdog, red tape — alongside new costs — swiped £17bn from trade between the UK and the EU, a huge loss for businesses.
NAO’s report states: “Between January and August 2021, traders have made around 48 million simplified and full customs declarations on goods movements between GB and the EU and between the UK and the rest of the world.
“Between January and June 2021, certifying officers have signed off 140,000 Export Health Certificates (EHCs) for the movement of goods from the UK to the EU.”
READ MORE: /news/uk/1516908/brexit-red-tape-58-million-documents-NAO-report
Boris Johnson’s handling of border labelled an achievement
Boris Johnson’s handling of the new border has been labelled as a “significant achievement” by the National Audit Office (NAO).
In a report, the NAO claimed the new border had been “largely successful” as the anticipated long queues had been avoided.
While many Remainers may have predicted catastrophe at the border, the report claimed many of the measures put in place had been sufficient, despite the monumental task facing officials.
The report also claimed the Northern Ireland protocol had been challenging for the UK.
Indeed, due to this, it called for the Government to implement any alterations to the deal as quickly as possible.
READ MORE: /news/uk/1516895/brexit-news-border-northern-Ireland-boris-johnson-brexit-deal-eu-news
Boris Johnson has been warned against using the fishing row with France to divide the EU and jeopardise Brexit talks with Brussels.
The Prime Minister was accused of trying to divide EU member states and using the UK’s row with France over post-Brexit fishing rights to win over Brussels on Northern Ireland protocol demands.
The attack came from Stéphanie Yon-Courtin, a French MEP from the Renew Europe group, who warned Mr Johnson would face the “ripple effects” of unfaithfully implementing the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA).
She told Politico: "Boris Johnson tried to pick off EU member states throughout the negotiations, and failed.
"I am confident he will be faced with the same unity when discussing the technical implementation of the TCA.”
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Fishing tensions smoothed over Lord Frost
Following a meeting with Clement Beaune, threats against the UK have been avoided.
Boris Johnson's spokesperson said: "We don't believe the French are planning to move forward with the previous threats they've made."
The UK has claimed it has issued 98 percent of licences to sue the waters.
Reuters (Image: GETTY)
Northern Ireland border largely successful
According to the National Audit Office, the Government’s handling of a new border with the EU was “largely successful”.
The office also praised the Government and claimed no large queues at the border persisted.
They also called for long-term solution to be made to the Northern Ireland protocol.
Gareth Davies, the head of the NAO, said: "We recognise the significant achievement of government, departments and third parties in delivering the initial operating capability needed at the border for the end of the transition period.
"However, this was done in part by using interim measures and by delaying the introduction of full import controls.
"Much more work is needed to put in place a model for the border that reduces the risk of non-compliance with international trading rules, does not require any temporary fixes, and is less complicated and burdensome for border users."
Brexit news: Border issues largely successfulsucce (Image: GETTY)
Lord Frost set for crunch talks with Sefcovic
Lord Frost will meet with Maros Sefcovic today for crunch talks concerning the Northern Ireland protocol.
Lord Frost has insisted the UK will trigger Article 16 of the protocol if a resolution is not found.
During a meeting with France’s EU minister, Clement Beaune, Lord Frost sought changes to the protocol.
A Government spokesman said: ” We are seeking substantive changes to the protocol with the EU.
“These changes are necessary because the protocol as it's currently being enforced is extremely damaging to the people of Northern Ireland and the businesses therein."
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