After the leak of a document that relates to the Northern Ireland protocol, Brexit minister David Frost is concerned that a period of tough relations with the European Union is imminent.
The document shows the pathway to introduce the remaining checks for goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland despite the calls to remove the Northern Ireland protocol.
Mr Frost said the document was evolving, as it’s not immediately clear if the EU will change its position on the protocol. But, Brussels has insisted any resolution must be bound within EU law, but Frost insisted that doesn’t work for Britain.
There has been a lot of issues bordering on the protocol and Brexit supporters have called for those issues to be taken care of before the loyalist marching season commence this summer.
“It is not hugely productive, and we will have to see how far we can take it,” David Frost said of talks so far.
With respect to post-Brexit talks with Australia, Liz Truss has been asked to defend plans for a possible deal with Australia amid a Cabinet concern over the potential free trade agreement.
Concerns were raised over a zero quota trade deal, but Ms Truss is insisting that any agreement would benefit farmers across the UK, and will also secure the UK’s path to becoming a key player in the Asian market.
Ms Truss defended her move while speaking to MPs … saying UK farmer will never be undercut from any trade deal with Australia: “It will have benefits for all nations and regions of the UK and all industries including the agriculture industry.
“I’ve been very clear with them farmers that of course, I’m always looking to make sure, as I have committed to, that British farmers will not be undercut by unfair practices from elsewhere.
“We will make sure in all the deals we do that British farming thrives and I’m absolutely confident that will be achieved through the Australia deal.”