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.
A section of the commentariat was so unbalanced by the referendum result that it now automatically sides with the EU.
Triggering it would not be an assault on international law, but nor would it be a panacea. Frost wants to re-open the treaty.
Also; does consenting to indefinitely extending grace periods show the EU finally gets the need to change the Protocol?
Frost is correst that the UK would be within its rights to trigger Article 16 – the anti-diversion of trade provisions are in the text.
Our party contains multitudes – and should embrace conservatives from across the ideological spectrum.
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.
‘I would say there’s no need for any checks between Great Britain and Northern Ireland,’ says the former First Minister.
An agreement to extend grace periods would avoid the Government having to do so unilaterally, as it did previously.
The process of leaving brutally exposed some of the UK’s shortcomings. But a Remain vote would have hid them, not solved them.
“We do have a challenge…it is to respond to the new political configuration here without falling into the trap of statism.”
The Foreign Secretary contends that by forming an aspirational coalition the Conservatives can gain votes in the North without losing support in the South.
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The President’s instincts on Ireland and his approach to trade pull in different political directions.