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EU must respond to UK's demand on Brexit deal urgently, minister says

Posted on Tuesday, October 19th by

As per the British Brexit Minister, David Frost’s declaration, the EU must urgently respond to Britain's demands to change the deal, due to the problematic post-Brexit trade, which also involves Northern Ireland. 

The Northern Ireland protocol was part of the Brexit project negotiated by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. However, Britain is willing to reconsider it because of difficulties that businesses in the British province were struggling with.

In July, Frost put forward a "command paper" calling for changes to the protocol and raised the prospect of triggering its "Article 16," which allows either side to dispense with its terms if they are proving unexpectedly harmful.

"The Protocol is clearly having a continued negative effect on everyday life & business in Northern Ireland," Frost wrote on Twitter.

"The outstanding issues now need to be dealt with urgently. I and my team are in contact with the EU daily, but we need a full response to our July Command Paper soon."

The European Commission Vice President, Maros Sefcovic, who oversees EU relations with Britain, declared he is willing to solve the Northern Irish trading issues by the end of the year.

But he has rejected Great Britain’s request to renegotiate the protocol and warned London not to take unilateral action.

According to the protocol, Britain agreed to leave some EU rules in place in Northern Ireland and accept checks on goods arriving from elsewhere in the UK, in order to keep an open land border with EU member state Ireland. The arrangement has, however, effectively placed a border in the Irish Sea, which businesses say has damaged trade.

It has also angered pro-British unionists in Northern Ireland who believe it divides them from the rest of the UK, raising concerns about a return to the sectarian violence that plagued the province for three decades.

Source: Reuters 

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