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Following the leak of a document concerning the Northern Ireland protocol, Lord Frost warned relations could be “bumpy for a time”. Despite the calls to remove the Northern Ireland protocol, the leaked document puts forward a roadmap to phase in the remaining checks for goods moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Lord Frost insisted the document was “evolving” as it remains unclear if the EU will shift its stance on the protocol.
Brussels has insisted any resolution must be bound within EU law although Lord Frost claimed “that doesn’t work” for the UK.
Multiple issues have arisen due to the protocol and some Brexiteers have called for those issues to be resolved ahead of the loyalist marching season this summer.
Commenting on talks Lord Frost said: “It is not hugely productive, and we will have to see how far we can take it.”
Away from issues in Northern Ireland, Liz Truss has been forced to defend plans for a post-Brexit trade deal with Australia amid a Cabinet row over the potential free trade agreement.
Amid scepticism over a zero quota trade deal, Ms Truss said any agreement would benefit farmers across the UK.
Ms Truss also claimed any trade deal would secure the UK’s path to becoming a major player in the Asian market.
Speaking to MPs, the Trade Secretary insisted UK farmer will never be undercut from any trade deal with Australia.
Ms Truss said: “It will have benefits for all nations and regions of the UK and all industries including the agriculture industry.
“I’ve been very clear with them farmers that of course I’m always looking to make sure, as I have committed to, that British farmers will not be undercut by unfair practices from elsewhere.
“We will make sure in all the deals we do that British farming thrives and I’m absolutely confident that will be achieved through the Australia deal.”
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7.36am update: Lord Frost fears “bumpy relations” with the EU
Brexit minister Lord Frost has admitted fears of “bumpy” relations with the EU due to the issues in Northern Ireland.
Due to the problems caused by the protocol, the UK Government has drawn up a roadmap to phase in the remaining checks from October.
In the leaked document, seen by the BBC, there will be four phases of checks in what Lord Frost called an “evolving” plan.
However, the EU has claimed any resolution must be found in EU law although Lord Frost rejected this.
Indeed, he claimed talks over a resolution had not been productive although the UK is looking to find a resolution to the issues.
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