The EU seems to think that there’s a price to be paid for Brexit – and that is the detachment of Northern Ireland from the UK.
“It is not doing the thing it was set up to do – protect the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement. In fact it is doing the opposite”, he warns.
There is evidence, however, that suggests that the move to abandoning all recent Tory traditions is not quite so straightforward.
Triggering it would not be an assault on international law, but nor would it be a panacea. Frost wants to re-open the treaty.
He says “our history is the history of freedom”, which includes the freedom to rebel when you think the Government is getting it wrong.
There is a willingness to give the new Cabinet a chance, but nervousness about the country’s economic prospects and the Party’s strategic direction.
Also; does consenting to indefinitely extending grace periods show the EU finally gets the need to change the Protocol?
And Wallace is up from ninth to fourth. The Prime Minister and Home Secretary are both in the bottom ten.
Allegra Stratton’s interventions seem more like those of a minister than a mere mouthpiece of Boris Johnson.
Yet the Chancellor comfortably holds on to his silver-medal spot, despite sharing in the u-turn.
The negative economic and political real-world consequences of implementing the Protocol cannot be what either intended.
Our exit from the EU should allow fresh thinking and a new regulatory approach – to allow the UK to reach its full economic potential.
Javid comes straight in at fifth place; Williamson’s score is in freefall; and the podium positions are unchanged.
That Switzerland and New Zealand each have their own arrangements suggests that a bespoke arrangement ought to be possible.
An agreement to extend grace periods would avoid the Government having to do so unilaterally, as it did previously.