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Lord Frost tells Joe Biden to butt out of Northern Ireland Brexit row as UK 'doesn't need lectures'

Lord Frost used an appearance at a Conservative think tank in Washington DC to attack the US president for his intervention in the ongoing standoff between Britain and Brussels.

One of Boris Johnson’s ex-ministers told Joe Biden to back out of the Brexit row in Northern Ireland today, saying the UK doesn’t need ‘lectures’ from strangers.

Lord Frost used an appearance at a Conservative think tank in Washington DC to attack the US president for his intervention in the ongoing standoff between Britain and Brussels.

Earlier this week the White House slammed the Prime Minister after he threatened to change the trade deal struck after the UK left the EU because it is unpopular with trade unionists in Ireland North.

The president’s spokesman has told Mr Johnson to show ‘leadership’ instead and keep talking to EU envoys about the argument, which centers on a trade border Mr Johnson agreed to in the Brexit deal, but which he now wants to scrap.

Asked about Mr Biden’s interventions today after a speech at the Heritage Foundation, Lord Frost suggested his administration did not really understand Northern Ireland.

“I know the administration is looking at this very closely. I’m not convinced the intricacies are fully understood,’ the peer and former Brexit minister said.

“I get a little frustrated when a third party, although very important in this context, tells us how to deal with these issues.”

“It is our country that has faced terrorism, faced the Troubles. I’m old enough to remember having to check under my car every morning as a diplomat before going to work. Most people were very affected in one way or another by this.

‘So we don’t need to lecture others about the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement. We are well aware of this and no one wants to go back.

“Ultimately, that has to be our judgment of what is needed to preserve this agreement and preserve the unity of the country and the consent of everyone in Northern Ireland to these arrangements.”

Lord Frost used an appearance at a Conservative think tank in Washington DC to attack the US president for his intervention in the ongoing standoff between Britain and Brussels.

Lord Frost used an appearance at a Conservative think tank in Washington DC to attack the US president for his intervention in the ongoing standoff between Britain and Brussels.

Earlier this week the White House slammed the Prime Minister after he threatened to change the trade deal struck after the UK left the EU because it is unpopular with trade unionists in Ireland North.

Earlier this week the White House slammed the Prime Minister after he threatened to change the trade deal struck after the UK left the EU because it is unpopular with trade unionists in Ireland North.

The Sausage Wars spat that threatens to undo the Brexit deal

The dispute over the Northern Ireland Protocol began almost as soon as the Brexit deal with the EU came into force.

The UK’s departure from the bloc forced both sides to find a square peg that would fit into a round hole: how to avoid a hard border (IE checkpoints) between Ulster and Ireland while introducing a viable customs border between the EU and a new external ‘third’ state.

The protocol avoids a hard border between the two by effectively keeping the North inside the EU’s single market.

But that requires checks on goods crossing the Irish Sea from Britain.

This compromise infuriated trade unionists who felt it “tainted” an integral part of the UK.

The UK has started talks to change the terms of the deal, although it was signed by the Prime Minister a few months earlier.

And he introduced a waiver on food and farm product controls to ease supply problems at supermarkets.

After a year of new negotiations between various ministers and Brussels having come to nothing, trade unionists took action in February.

DUP Premier Paul Givan resigned in February in a bid to force the movement.

This action prevented the executive from fully functioning, due to the way it was set up to share power under the Good Friday Agreement. As long as ministers remained in office, they were limited in the actions they could take.

Since 1998, when the system of governance was designed as part of Northern Ireland’s historic peace agreement, the Prime Minister has always been a Unionist.

But that all changed last week when Sinn Fein became Stormont’s biggest party for the first time.

But the DUP has insisted it will not return until its demands on protocol are met.

This means that the set still does not work.

Since the election, ministers have started talking again about replacing the protocol with UK national legislation.

This would be illegal under international law and could lead to the collapse of the entire Brexit deal.

The Biden administration has also taken a negative view, calling for continued talks to resolve the issue.

The EU today rejected calls for a review of the Northern Ireland protocol, saying the bloc cannot ‘solve all the problems created by Brexit’.

Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic insisted there was no prospect of the bloc changing its negotiating mandate to break the deadlock.

In a speech to MEPs, he said: “We will not renegotiate the protocol. The EU is united in this position.

But, after talks with Mr Sefcovic broke down, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warned the EU was leaving the UK “no choice” to act unilaterally to scrap the post-Brexit rules.

The standoff came after Attorney General Suella Braverman concluded it would be legal to scrap swathes of post-Brexit rules for the province because they are causing social unrest.

It has been claimed Boris Johnson is preparing to unleash the move within days, despite warnings from the US and Europe.

According to the Foreign Office, Ms Truss told Mr Sefcovic that the protocol was “the biggest obstacle” to forming a new Northern Ireland executive.

The spokesman said: “The Foreign Secretary noted this with regret and said that the situation in Northern Ireland was a matter of internal peace and security for the UK, and if the EU does not did not show the flexibility required to help solve these problems, then as a responsible government, we would have no choice but to act.

The Prime Minister has insisted the Good Friday Agreement is more important than the Northern Ireland Protocol, dismissing suggestions of a possible EU escalation response as “crazy”.

But today he took a more emotional stance, simply saying there is a ‘real problem’ that needs to be ‘fixed’.

“Listen, Northern Ireland is an amazing place, it has a fantastic future,” he said during a visit to Stoke.

“At the moment, very unfortunately, the institutions of democracy, the political governance of Northern Ireland, have collapsed.

“The institutions put in place under the Good Friday Agreement are not working. The executive, the assembly – they cannot be formed.

“It’s a bad thing at all times, it’s a bad thing now that the people of Northern Ireland need leadership, they need a regional, provincial government that will focus on the cost of living , about health care, about transportation, about the things that matter in their daily lives.

They don’t have that. It’s a real, real problem. And the reason they don’t have that is because there’s a community in Northern Ireland that won’t accept the way the protocol currently works – we need to fix that.

Ms Truss warned she would ‘not hesitate’ to act, accusing the EU of coming up with solutions that would ‘set us back’.

According to a government reading of the conversation, Ms Truss told Mr Sefcovic that the EU “has a responsibility to be more pragmatic and ensure that the protocol meets its original objectives”.

“The Foreign Secretary reiterated that the UK’s proposals to correct the protocol, including green and red channel agreements, backed by a bespoke data sharing system, would ensure the removal of trade barriers between the Britain and Northern Ireland while protecting the EU single market,’ she said.

“The Foreign Secretary explained why the EU proposals would set us back, creating more checks and more paperwork.

“Vice-President Šefčovič confirmed that there is no room to expand the EU’s negotiating mandate or introduce new proposals to reduce the overall level of trade friction.”

But Mr Sefcovic said in a statement following the “simply unacceptable” call for the UK to scrap the protocol.

“It remains very concerning that the UK government intends to go down a unilateral course of action,” he said.

“I am convinced that only joint solutions will work. Unilateral action, which does not effectively enforce an international agreement such as the protocol, is simply not acceptable.

“It would undermine trust between the EU and the UK and undermine our ultimate goal – to protect the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement in all its dimensions, while ensuring legal certainty and predictability for people and businesses. from Northern Ireland.

“Such unilateral action will also undermine the conditions which are essential for Northern Ireland to continue to have access to the EU’s single market for goods.”

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