“We cannot go on as we are,” Lord Frost called on the EU to consider the UK`s fresh proposals on Northern Ireland Protocol.
The unsustainability of post-Brexit agreements signed by the UK with the EU over Northern Ireland has prompted new requests to redraw the terms. In 2019, when the Brexit divorce deal was the two parties agreed on border checks on goods from Great Britain.
Now the UK Government is insisting that the checks were causing damage to the “fabric” of the UK and would have a negative impact on business. In 2019, negotiators from both sides had agreed to scrap the so-called backstop and replace it with arrangements that suit the “Government’s objectives”.
This week, the UK issued new requests which Brexit Minister Lord David Frost urged the EU to look at with “fresh eyes”.
However, the EU declined calls to renegotiate the 2019 deal which had been drawn after tense exchanges and increasing deadlock between the UK and Brussels.
Meanwhile, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte demanded d that the UK change its position in the run-up to the withdrawal agreement.
Talking to BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, he said: “I hope campaigning is done in poetry and governing is in prose, as I think [British Prime Minister Winston] Churchill said once.
“And that when [the new Tory leader] will read all the briefs and get aware of all the details of where we are at the moment in terms of Brexit negotiations, that they will realise… that something has to change in terms of the British position.”