The EU must still make significant changes to the contentious Northern Ireland protocol if the arrangement is to survive, the UK’s Brexit minister will warn this week, pouring cold water on efforts by Brussels to offer concessions.
Lord David Frost is due to make the remarks as the EU prepares to offer to scrap many border controls between Northern Ireland and the British mainland in an attempt to de-escalate tension over trade with a part of the UK that effectively remains part of the European single marketinternalScroll.
EU concessions set out in a commission paperCommences three weeks after 70 per cent of residents age 18 and older have their first dose and after at least three weeks since Step Two began. Most restrictions will be lifted. Protocols on gathering sizes and masking will continue unti, expected to be approved next week, include allowing the free circulation of many food products across the Irish SeaTHE CANADIAN PRESS, reducing the prospect of what some have dubbed a “sausage war”, a situation where chilled meats from Great Britain would be banned from entering Northern Ireland.
EU officials say the total number of customs checks could be cut in half.