Andrew Adonis criticises Johnson and says 'Brexit isn't working'
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Express.co.uk readers have made clear they want Lord David Frost, Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, to tear up the Brexit trade deal over issues with Northern Ireland.
The UK’s negotiator is expected to use a speech on Tuesday to stress the need for “significant change” on the Northern Ireland Protocol in order to repair tensions between the EU and UK.
But ahead of the speech, Simon Coveney, Ireland’s Foreign Minister, took to Twitter to say he does not believe that the UK wants to resolve issues on the border.
The comments, where he questioned whether the UK Government “want an agreed way forward or a further breakdown in relations”, led to a stinging rebuke from Lord Frost.
Now Express.co.uk readers have urged the Brexit negotiator to “bin the rotten NIP”.
One reader said: “If you want to get the attention of the peasants then you’re going to have to bin the rotten NIP and let the little people and the rest of the EU sort out their problems.
“We’ve tried and the EU has failed, so just bin it.”
Another added: “The level of the EU’s unforeseen and wilful misinterpretation of the NIP is astonishing.”
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More readers chimed in to skewer the EU for their alleged refusal to budge on the Protocol.
One mocked Mr Coveney for complaining about Lord Frost’s expected remarks on social media, saying: “Using Twitter as a means for serious negotiation is unbelievable. No wonder it is called Twitter.”
They then added: “This is just merely another example of the way in which EU Brussels Headquarters try to conduct their affairs.
“Instead of doing things properly, they resort to using one of their foot soldiers to act as a twitterer. Unbelievable.”
Another reader said: “(Leo) Varadkar and Coveney played politics with the NI border.
“Now the inevitable will happen if the EU does not make the change to the NIP that is required to restore the balance.”
The row erupted on Sunday when Mr Coveney questioned the UK’s intent on social media.
He said: “EU working seriously to resolve practical issues with implementation of Protocol – so UKG creates a new “red line” barrier to progress, that they know EU can’t move on…. are we surprised?
“Real Q: Does UKG actually want an agreed way forward or a further breakdown in relations?”
Lord Frost fired back: “I prefer not to do negotiations by twitter, but since @simoncoveney has begun the process…the issue of governance & the CJEU is not new.
“We set out our concerns three months ago in our 21 July Command Paper.
“The problem is that too few people seem to have listened.”
He added: “We await proposals from @MarosSefcovic. We will look at them seriously & positively whatever they say. We will discuss them seriously and intensively.
“But there needs to be significant change to the current situation if there is to be a positive outcome.”
Mr Šefčovič will set out the EU’s response to the UK’s demands, with reports on Saturday the bloc’s proposals would be “substantive and far-reaching”.
However, concessions allowing “national identity goods” such as sausages to enter Northern Ireland were dismissed by UK sources as only addressing a “tiny” part of the problem.
In the event that the EU refuses “significant changes” both to remove trade barriers between Britain and Northern Ireland and eliminate the role of the ECJ, Number 10 is planning to trigger Article 16 of the Protocol in order to unilaterally suspend parts of the agreement.
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