Brexit: Barnier warns of ‘feelings of not being protected’
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Under the terms of Mr Johnson’s new EU trade deal Northern Ireland, remains tied to the European single market, resulting in some regulatory checks on trade with Great Britain. These will increase from April 1 when the current grace period for a number of restrictions expires.
Lord Frost will confront the EU over its “overly legalistic” and “heavy-handed” interpretation of the new trade agreement, insiders have told the Daily Telegraph.
EU legislation has caused outrage in Northern Ireland with unionists demanding the return of uninterrupted trade with Great Britain.
Graffiti has appeared across loyalist areas attacking the restrictions whilst customs officials were briefly forced to stop work earlier this month following threats.
DUP leader Arlene Foster is demanding Britain withdraw from the Northern Ireland protocol.
The EU threatened to suspend this last month in a row over coronavirus vaccine doses, but backed down following outrage in London and Dublin.
Ms Foster, addressing Mr Johnson’s dilemma, said: “He needs to set his sights on a long-term solution rather than sticking plasters.
“Whether it is the flow of parcels, supermarket goods, chilled meats or medicines, from GB to NI, the United Kingdom single market has been ruptured.”
Lord Frost was appointed to the Cabinet as Minister responsible for EU Relations earlier this week.
He is taking on this role from Michael Gove with reports the prime minister is hoping for a tougher stand.
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07.43am update: Buy BRITISH! Brexiteer Redwood orders urgent delivery of Cornish fish – EU exports snubbed
Brexiteer Sir John Redwood has continued his push for people to buy British after revealing he is waiting for a delivery of Cornish fish as “some supermarkets are still not offering enough UK produce”.
Earlier this week, a new survey indicated a third of British consumers have stopped buying produce from EU countries since Brexit.
Sir John said the results of that survey emphasised exactly why the bloc needs to make it as simple as possible to get goods into the UK – instead of its current “curious” attitude.
The research, undertaken Censuswide for Eskenzi PR and Marketing quizzing 1,000 people living in the UK, found 34 percent had stopped buying goods and services from the EU since the UK finally severed all ties from the bloc following the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31.
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