The British government’s Brexit minister, David Frost, warned this Sunday that the post-Brexit situation in Northern Ireland was “unsustainable” and, ahead of next week’s meeting, appealed to Brussels’s “common sense” to seek further solutions Riots in the area.
“The EU needs a new script for dealing with its neighbors, one that considers pragmatic solutions among friends, not the imposition of rules and legal trafficking from one party to another,” said Frost in an article in the Financial Times newspaper . in which he enumerates the problems that the Brexit agreement has caused in Northern Ireland.
Frost assures in the article that Great Britain applies the Northern Irish Protocol, but also presents Brussels with possibilities for improvement. He also admitted that London had underestimated the impact of Brexit on trade between the UK and Northern Ireland and warned that it could worsen in October if the moratorium on food products ends.
“Time is running out,” said Frost, who considers the situation to be “absolutely untenable” if the EU is not more flexible in applying the protocol. “We need progress soon,” he added.
In response, French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clement Beaune, said that the Northern Ireland Protocol to the Agreement was not the problem, but “a solution to a problem we did not create”. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney also rejected an EU that was too rigid.