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'Beginning of the end' for PM in wake of Lord Frost resignation and lockdown party scandal 18/12/2021
The resignation of the UK's top Brexit negotiator could be the "beginning of a very rapid end" for Boris Johnson, a political journalist has told LBC.
WESTMINSTER "threats" to suspend Northern Ireland border rules are "not helpful" when the problems are down to Brexit, a leading Irish politician has said.
'most interesting point in @DavidGHFrost letter ... incredulity at no European country being able to operate outside EU sphere' - Seb Dance 20/05/2020
'The most interesting point in @DavidGHFrost letter was the bit expressing incredulity at no European country being able to operate outside EU sphere. The EU is how countries of Europe (up until now, UK included) have come to organise their relationship over time.'
The downbeat assessment comes as EU negotiator Michel Barnier describes the latest round of negotiations as "disappointing".
Today marks 100 days since Brexit properly happened in the UK - with seamless trade and EU rules replaced by a weighty trade deal.
It’s almost 100 days since Britain completed its split from the EU -- almost five years after the referendum vote –- and a clearer picture of the consequences of the decision to leave is starting to emerge.
Five years ago Wednesday, Britons voted in a referendum that was meant to bring certainty to the U.K.’s unsettled relationship with its European neighbors, but it most certainly did not
A conspiracy of silence over Brexit 22/06/2022
ix years after the EU referendum, the United Kingdom is being forced to confront an inconvenient truth: Brexit is a process, not an event. It is emphatically not done. Only now are the consequences of the “oven-ready deal” of which Boris Johnson boasted becoming clear.
Tory minister David Frost proposes plans for an entirely new Northern Ireland Protocol – "trashing" a deal he once triumphed.
Anyone in the EU who has endured Boris Johnson’s serial dishonesty would need a heart of stone not to gloat at his current difficulties. A prime minister who signed an international treaty thinking he could break it when it suited him was never likely to be a very effective enforcer of coronavirus restrictions with his team in 10 Downing Street.
ABTA has written to Lord Frost Minister of State highlighting the needs of the travel industry in the UK’s future relationships with the EU post Brexit. The letter raises the very serious challenges relating to labour mobility owing to restrictions on temporary entry of tourism workers across the EU...
“Senior EU officials in Brussels ... believe escalation in the form of a trade war — probably early in the new year — is now almost unavoidable,” Eurasia analysts have said.
Brexit will never be done. Because it can never be done. Not for as long as the UK sits 50km off the European mainland and does 50% of its business with Europe. Not when the island of Ireland sits behind it – and the north east corner of that island is contested political ground.
Angela Merkel has warned Britons will have to “live with the consequences” of Boris Johnson rejecting Theresa May’s plan to continue close economic ties with Brussels after Brexit.
Unionists feel worst ‘sense of hurt’ for 35 years, Loyalist Communities Council tells MPs.
One of the key architects of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal has admitted it is damaging Northern Irish businesses and warned it may not be sustainable.
Article 16: Boris Johnson warned against suspending post-Brexit border arrangements for Northern Ireland 08/11/2021
There is growing speculation the PM could soon trigger Article 16 as ongoing talks between the EU and UK continue to fail to resolve problems such as the "sausage war". But Boris Johnson is being given fresh warnings about the impact of such action.
EU negotiator signals future relationship negotiations are on course for acrimonious start.
Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has described the tactics of the United Kingdom’s Brexit negotiating team as “deplorable”.
JOE Biden will tell Boris Johnson not to let the row over Northern Ireland's Brexit arrangements put the Good Friday Agreement at risk when the pair meet today.
The US president is expected to tell Johnson to solve the Northern Ireland impasse in a pre-G7 meeting, reports suggest.
Prime minister personifies British hostility to international democratic norms.
Boris Johnson falsely claiming not to have realised Brexit damage to Northern Ireland, senior Tory says 09/06/2021
PM ‘perfectly understood’ impact of Irish Sea checks, says Theresa May’s chief of staff – and the EU knows it.
Boris Johnson has no intention of renegotiating the withdrawal agreement and a no-deal Brexit is his “central scenario”, European diplomats have been told, amid hardening evidence in Westminster that the government is expecting to crash out of the EU.
Boris Johnson hires unelected Cabinet minister for Brexit - a year after 'getting it done' 17/02/2021
Brexit negotiator Lord David Frost will enjoy a seat at Britain's most powerful table overseeing Brexit - a year after the job of Brexit Secretary was abolished for being unnecessary
'Obviously if we can’t then we will have the very good option also of an Australian-style arrangement,' says PM.
Boris Johnson still refusing to restart Brexit negotiations despite ticking no-deal clock 20/10/2020
Second phone call on Tuesday fails to convince UK to return to table.
Boris Johnson to get personally involved in Brexit talks as chief negotiator says he doesn’t answer to Dominic Cummings 26/05/2020
EU’s Michel Barnier writes to opposition leader repeating offer of two-year extension.
Senior Government sources warned a key part of the Brexit agreement - which Boris Johnson signed with Brussels - relating to Northern Ireland is 'dead in the water'.
Lord Frost claimed he 'underestimated' the scale of problems in moving goods from Britain - while another minister said it's been 'more difficult than we anticipated'
The PM’s greatest ‘untruth’ was about the Northern Irish border – the honest route now is to let voters choose where it should be
Frans Timmermans said it was ‘extremely well-known in London’ that UK demand could not be met.
Boris Johnson’s Brexit trade deal risking political stability in Northern Ireland, says minister 16/05/2021
Lord Frost warns UK could walk away from elements of deal unless Brussels gives ground.
British proposal to involve Stormont assembly in backstop alternative knocked back by EU.
Boris Johnson’s vow to ‘fix’ Brexit crisis forcing musicians to abandon tours is condemned as ‘a sham’ [3 mins] 28/04/2021
Betrayed’ artists offered only clearer guidance on ‘the bureaucracy involved’ in performing in EU, The Independent learns – not a solution.
Brexit backer left in the cold by new rules that make it impossible for him to enter France with a guide dog 04/10/2022
He wrote to Lord Frost after finding out that his guide dog has lower status than a racehorse, but has had no help. / A Brexit supporter has been left dismayed by new rules that make it impossible to enter France with his guide dog.
Brexit Briefing #130 – a final look at the UK still trying to have its cake and eat it - BEERG Brexit Blog 04/05/2021
This is my last Brexit Briefing. / Because it is the last it is longer than usual. A long goodbye if you will. Over the past 5 years I have written 130 of them, following the twists and turns of the Brexit saga, as various UK actors came and went upon the stage, generally full of sound and fury, but often signifying little.
But Brexit minister now claims hard Brexit was ‘essential’.
The UK has abandoned its attempt to strip EU judges of the power to oversee the Northern Ireland Protocol, in another Brexit climbdown.
Brexit deal an ‘existential threat’ to the careers of touring musicians, David Frost warned 20/10/2021
Lords committee urges Brexit minister to finally listen to ‘compelling’ evidence of careers at risk.
Business leaders said improved trade between north and south would "inevitably put pressure on the Union".
Brexit impact on Northern Ireland ‘more difficult than we anticipated,’ says senior minister 07/06/2021
A senior minister has admitted that the Brexit impact on Northern Ireland was “more difficult than we anticipated”.
Goods and services exported to bloc affected by return of customs border, EU commissioner says.
Lord Frost said the deal that he negotiated had "begun to come apart even more quickly than we feared"
Lord David Frost will declare 'the long bad dream of EU membership is over' amid punch-ups on petrol forecourts, empty supermarket shelves and warnings thousands of pigs will be dumped in skips.
Brexit minister Lord Frost has resigned from the Cabinet, the Mail on Sunday has reported.
Lord Frost’s comments will come as the UK continues to feel the effects of a fuel crisis and staffing issues linked to the departure from the EU.
The Europe unit which had led negotiations for a Brexit deal with Brussels has been disbanded by Boris Johnson.
Brexit negotiator admits government didn't expect Brexit to be so disruptive for Northern Ireland 18/05/2021
The UK's Brexit negotiator has admitted the government underestimated the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland.
January deadline is scuppering UK supply chains as they reel from the pandemic.
Figures seen as clear evidence of impact of ‘dud deal’ – now touring has recovered from Covid.
European Union and U.K. attempts to jump-start negotiations over the post-Brexit trading relationship in Northern Ireland have so far failed to make any progress, and diplomats see little chance for any substantial progress until they get past a key election scheduled for May.
Brexit talks end with no breakthrough 09/06/2021
EU warns patience wearing “very thin” as tensions between the two sides escalate.
Brexit talks latest: Boris Johnson could still walk away from trade negotiations, EU warned 27/05/2020
Britain’s chief negotiator, Sir David Frost, told a select committee hearing a decision will be made at 'leader level' next month.
'I don't think we've got time for these games', chief negotiator says.
Brussels has warned the UK government that its Brexit trade deal is "intrinsically linked" to enforcing the Northern Ireland border protocol.
UK’s David Frost also warns of prospect of no deal but insists agreement can still be reached.
Scotland’s Constitution Secretary has said trade problems in the wake of the Brexit deal are “far more than teething troubles”, as he urged the UK Government to take a more co-operative approach with the EU.
There are good reasons to believe latest move is partly theatre, but there are hefty issues at stake.
‘Time is short’ to avert clash over chilled meat exports to Northern Ireland, warns Boris Johnson’s Brexit minister.
Brexit: No light ahead of the tunnel 13/06/2020
On 7 October last year, there was a defining phone call between Boris Johnson and Angel Merkel.
The post-Brexit Northern Ireland treaty is reportedly seen as “dead in the water” by Downing Street as negotiations between the UK and EU over the protocol continue.
The UK government would be acting in an “anti-democratic” way if it goes through with its threat to over-ride elements of the post-Brexit treaty, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said.
Brexiteer Lord David Frost predicts cars will soon be banned. He’s just as accurate as ever 02/08/2022
he man who wants to rip up his own deal with Europe is wrong about our absolute right to drive. / Lord Frost, negotiator of the disastrous 2019 Brexit withdrawal agreement, is now turning his dubious capacity for foresight to the future of the car.
Brexiteers are furious to find out they're not going to get everything they want from the EU after all 28/07/2020
Brexiteers are not at all happy with the idea that the UK is on track to secure only 60 per cent of its objectives for a trade deal with the EU, saying “Brexit MUST mean Brexit”.
Deadline to agree regulatory equivalence for financial services and allow business after Brexit likely to be missed.
It is difficult to make sense of what Johnson’s Brexit government is doing, or trying to do, as regards the Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP). I discussed the background in last week’s post, much of which remains relevant, but since then there have been daily, almost hourly, contradictory signals and reports.
EU negotiator expresses frustrations at UK refusal to discuss key issues of transition. / Michel Barnier has suggested the UK is running down the clock in talks over the future trade and security relationship with the EU.
Ministers are portraying themselves as victims of a deal they created for Northern Ireland. A classic blame-shifting strategy.
Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost predicted UK would have to give into EU demands to get trade deal 17/11/2020
Negotiating teams stretch mid-November deadline with European Parliament vote expected just days before 31 December
Meeting of EU leaders this month will instead focus on post-Covid recovery and China relations.
Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic will seek to arrange talks with Brexit minister Lord Frost and his team to discuss the request.
Christmas push on Brexit talks as Britain softens stance on European Court in Northern Ireland Protocol 10/12/2021
The UK and the European Union will step up efforts to reach an agreement on the Northern Ireland Protocol before Christmas after negotiators failed to reach agreement once again. / It comes as it was reported that Britain has watered down its objection to the European Court of Justice remaining in the Protocol.
David Frost admits his Brexit deal failed touring musicians by inflicting ‘excessive’ red tape [1 min] 17/03/2022
‘We have been too purist on this’, concedes minister who rejected EU offer – breaking promise to rescue visa free tours.
David Frost admits that the Brexit deal presents “a whole set of problems” for touring musicians 17/03/2022
The chief negotiator of the Brexit deal has now called for fresh talks over the issue, adding: "This time, we should try harder"
David Frost claims Brexit has gone ‘remarkably smoothly’ amid rising food costs and falling trade 27/04/2022
There are a ‘lack of things to talk about‘, ex-negotiator argues – one day after collapse in trading links revealed.
THE UK Government has been accused of “clumsy control-freakery” after a letter sent to the devolved nations insisted that London be informed of all contact with the EU.
Boris Johnson vowed Brexit minister would ‘fix’ problem - but peer insists it’s down to more junior departments.
PM’s chief advisor accused by Tory insiders of creating ‘mayhem in government’.
European vice-president Maroš Šefčovič says claim about Brussels trying to erect barrier down Irish Sea undermines UK’s reputation
Downing Street says post-Brexit Northern Ireland Protocol in current form should be scrapped 17/05/2021
Downing Street has said the post-Brexit Northern Ireland Protocol cannot continue in its current form and that it should be “urgently” changed.
Downing Street said late last night the UK government is prepared to consider tearing up elements of Northern Ireland’s Brexit deal, despite a Cabinet minister insisting the option would not be used before Christmas.
Gavin Williamson accepts the appointment of David Frost as national security adviser was a political move.
Elton John on Thursday (10 June) warned of a lost generation in the UK’s music industry because of post-Brexit curbs on touring in the European Union.
“Despite this looming catastrophe, the government seems unable or unwilling to fix this gaping hole in their trade deal"
Elton John Warns Lord Frost That Post-Brexit Touring Rules Will Ruin A Generation Of Musicians 10/06/2021
Elton John has accused Lord Frost and other ministers of being unwilling to fix the “gaping hole” in the current Brexit deal which means that artists must get visas and permits to go on tour in Europe.
French President Emmanuel Macron has said he is "not sure" a UK-EU trade deal will be struck by 31 December, the end of the Brexit transition period.
Emmanuel Macron’s attack on UK’s failure to implement Brexit deal wrecks claims of G7 ‘harmony’ 10/06/2021
Emmanuel Macron’s attack on UK’s failure to implement Brexit deal wrecks claims of G7 ‘harmony’.
EU 'to remove up to 50% of custom checks' in bid to resolve Northern Ireland Protocol row 13/10/2021
The EU will later set out a range of proposals, including removing up to half of custom checks, in a bid to resolve the political stand-off over trade in Northern Ireland.
It comes after the UK extended grace periods until October to avoid red tape for goods travelling from Britain to Northern Ireland.
The European Union is awaiting a firm counterproposal from the United Kingdom to ease a standoff over how to deal with Britain’s departure from the bloc.
EU Brexit chief Sefcovic urges UK to not 'further sour relationship' over Northern Ireland 30/05/2021
The EU’s Brexit chief has today warned the UK to not “further sour our relationship” by taking unilateral actions in Northern Ireland as negotiations between the two sides continue.
European Council president reveals frustration with prime minister - after they hold talks.
"Especially the type as the UK has proposed it, negotiated it, and signed the agreement up on it with us.”
EU trade commissioner says he believes ‘penny is finally dropping’ for Boris Johnson.
For those suffering the damaging after-effects, it is Brexit that's providing the nightmares.
EU countries have backed a proposal to launch legal action against the UK for unilaterally deciding to delay introducing post-Brexit customs checks in Northern Ireland in what will be an escalation of an ongoing row.
Maroš Šefčovič attempts to end tussle at press conference but ‘big gap’ remains to UK’s demands.
Brussels was “preparing for the worst” over Brexit on Wednesday after the UK signalled the EU’s offer to scrap up to 80 per cent of checks on goods entering Northern Ireland was not enough to resolve the bitter dispute over the Irish border.
Brussels says London must backtrack or both sides will go down ‘a much more confrontational’ path.
The European Union's patience with Britain over Brexit is "wearing thin" and the bloc is considering its options if Number 10 continues on a "confrontational path", an official has claimed.
Brussels ready to slap tariffs and quotas on UK exports – and even to ‘suspend cooperation in certain sectors’
Lord Frost said on Wednesday that the UK was unilaterally extending "grace periods" designed to ease trade between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. The European Commission says it's now working on 'infringement proceedings'
Concerns grow that Boris Johnson has already decided to trigger article 16 of Northern Ireland protocol.
Talks aimed at avoiding a trade war take place in ‘gloomy atmosphere’.
EU trade talks: London and Brussels hold emergency talks as hopes of a deal fade with just six weeks to go 01/09/2020
Pessimism in London and Brussels over the prospect of a deal amid deadlock over state aid and fisheries.
The European Union said on Friday that Britain had made no move to seek a compromise on post-Brexit trade with Northern Ireland and cautioned London against triggering emergency unilateral provisions in the Brexit deal.
A senior European Union official has expressed frustration after talks with the U.K. broke up without resolving differences over the implementation of their post-Brexit trade deal in Northern Ireland
Maroš Šefčovič says Brussels has seen no concessions from UK side in Northern Ireland protocol dispute.
Charles Michel says implementing deal is ‘question of rule of law’.
EU will pursue legal action over Brexit rules in Northern Ireland for 'as long as necessary' 16/04/2021
The EU this morning warned that it would continue to pursue legal action against the UK “for as long as necessary” over post-Brexit trade issues in Northern Ireland.
Point will come when EU says ‘enough, we cannot compromise any more’, warns Irish foreign minister.
EU and UK parliaments will each send 35 lawmakers to the joint assembly, which oversees the implementation of the Brexit trade deal.
But EU warns ‘faithful implementation’ needed by UK amid concerns saga is not over.
The former Secretary General of the European Commission believes the UK's chief Brexit negotiator was 'hardly credible' in his speech against the NI protocol.
A government minister has criticised businesses for taking a "head in the sand approach" when preparing for post-Brexit trade.
Fisking Frost - Chris Grey 12/03/2021
[This post will] provide a detailed analysis of an article written by David (now Lord) Frost in this week’s Sunday Telegraph.
Alarm raised over business ‘barriers’ which ‘cost jobs and money in the UK’ – as public unhappiness confirmed. / “no appetite for widespread deregulation or divergence from EU rules” – UK Trade and Business Commission
Ministers considering ‘lighter touch’ regime to avoid disruption to supplies from bloc.
Liz Truss only became foreign secretary as part of Boris Johnson's major cabinet reshuffle in September, taking over from Dominic Raab. She had been international trade secretary before that, with post-Brexit deals the focus of her brief.
Former Brexit negotiator accepts 'extra costs' of leaving EU after report criticises border delays 09/02/2022
The man who negotiated the UK's Brexit agreement has accepted there are "extra costs" for British firms now they're outside of the EU, after a Commons report criticised the added bureaucracy necessary to trade with the bloc.
Former Brexit negotiator admits “purist” approach to EU trade deal inflicted excessive paperwork on musicians 17/03/2022
The UK’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost has admitted that he was “too purist” when it came to negotiating with the European Union over the free movement of performers and musicians across Europe, resulting in a bad deal for the British creative industries.
Former taoiseach John Bruton accuses British government of 'threatening language' and being in denial over trade border in the Irish Sea 08/07/2021
JOHN Bruton has accused the British government of using "threatening" language while "pretending" that it did not sign-up to a trade border in the Irish Sea.
It’s Lord David Frost, but not surprisingly his sixth anniversary speech is long on blather and short on evidence.
The UK promises to “fix” the Northern Ireland protocol with unilateral legislation. This will be a major step backwards in trying to resolve genuine practical problems under the protocol.
French minister raises electricity supply as point of leverage in dispute over access to UK waters.
Talks between Britain and the EU on the implementation of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement in Northern Ireland have broken up without agreement.
“Do you not find it a little embarrassing that you're renegotiating it across such a wide area so soon after it was signed by the government and approved by this Parliament?” - "Not really".
The resignation of Brexit negotiator David Frost shows just how hard it will be to keep the Conservative Party united.
Lord Frost told the Conservative conference that the ‘long bad dream’ of our EU membership is over but his is just beginning.
Northern Ireland risks becoming a “legal basket case” that will deter trade and investment if Article 16 is triggered, companies have warned.
The all-consuming Brexit and coronavirus crises threaten a double whammy for the UK's Cinderella service.
George Eustice and Liz Truss have reportedly rowed over a proposed trade deal between the UK and Australia.
Boris Johnson under ‘wrong impression that he can pull off negotiating at the 11th hour,’ says EU official.
Getting Brexit undone 08/09/2021
Brexit is barely nine months old but is not ageing well. The ‘fabulous’ deal that Prime Minister Johnson and Brexit negotiator Lord Frost raved about last December, has lost all its shine – especially, it seems, to those who polished it. Having persuaded parliament to vote for it as the lesser of two evils, both Johnson and Frost have fallen out of love with their offspring.
Global Britain Doesn’t Need Free Trade 19/02/2020
Boris Johnson’s team isn’t going to let economic models get in the way of a political revolution.
Government ad for ‘Brexit Opportunities Director’ sparks hilarious reaction on social media 21/06/2021
"Five years after winning the referendum, the Vote Leave government is paying people to look for a prize."
Lord Frost says opposition parties do not need to see legal text.
As his press conference wore on, Maros Sefcovic sounded increasingly frustrated.
Former Secretary of State Peter Hain has backed claims the Prime Minister is guilty of endangering the peace process in pursuit of Brexit.
In the months after Boris Johnson signed his post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union, the coronavirus masked the economic damage of leaving the bloc. As the pandemic drags on, the cost is becoming clearer -- and voters are noticing.
As crises mount, the polls show voters turning at last. But the national newspapers that backed Leave – even the two now edited by Remainers – continue to pretend there is nothing wrong.
Imperial Idiocy: Could ‘Brexit opportunities’ include turning our back on the metric system? 14/02/2022
The madness of bringing back measurements no-one understands and most of the world does not use.
Ireland accused the Government of “shifting the playing field” over Northern Ireland on Monday as Brexit tensions between the UK and Brussels escalated.
Ireland is increasingly concerned that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to completely rewrite the Northern Ireland section of the Brexit deal, RTE reported on Monday after London said the agreement was not sustainable.
Lord Frost's proposal to scrap and replace the NI Protocol 'smacks of arrogance' according to Fine Gael's spokesperson on European Affairs.
Jacob Rees-Mogg says government should no longer ‘deliver certain functions’ as Brexit prize 18/08/2022
‘Our departure from the European Union necessitates a re-thinking of the British state’. / Jacob Rees-Mogg has urged the next prime minister to slash back the government’s role as a prize of Brexit, suggesting it should not “deliver certain functions at all”.
In an extraordinary diplomatic rebuke a senior US diplomat accused the UK's Brexit Minister of 'inflaming tensions' over Northern Ireland in a trade row.
Joe Biden in UK: President of America will tell Boris Johnson not to threaten North Ireland peace in Good Friday Agreement as the pair meet up in Cornwall ahead of G7 summit 10/06/2021
The president of America will tell Boris Johnson not to let the row over Northern Ireland's Brexit arrangements put the Good Friday Agreement at risk as the two meet up in Cornwall ahead of G7 summit on Thursday.
Joe Biden's administration has warned the British government against anything that would put the Northern Ireland peace process at risk.
Brussels chief says US president agrees Britain should not ditch post-Brexit protocol.
Shadow foreign secretary tells HuffPost UK the US president will want Boris Johnson to “step up” and solve row over Northern Ireland.
No hint of contrition or constructiveness in article by Lord Frost and Brandon Lewis... just menace.
There remains “real incomprehension, in Britain, of the objective, sometimes mechanical consequences of its choices."
Fishing rows notwithstanding, much of Europe looks on at the UK’s plight with astonishment – and even, still, sympathy.
Just one EU country signs deal to rescue post-Brexit music tours, despite Boris Johnson’s vow to ‘fix’ crisis 01/01/2022
Only Spain has signed agreement, leaving artists mired in ‘mountains of red tape’ – with pressure on new Brexit minister Liz Truss to change course.
Kosher shortage: Board of Deputies warns of end of Jewish life in Belfast over Northern Ireland Protocol 08/07/2021
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis says a “small, very vulnerable” Jewish community is under threat permanent fix can be found to so-called “sausage war”.
Labour to open EU talks on ‘new agreement’ to end post-Brexit crisis forcing musicians to abandon tours 19/09/2021
Brussels will be asked to revive visa-waiver offer – to pile pressure on government to end its refusal to act.
Brussels suspicions come as European commission chief warns Britain to abide by Northern Ireland protocol.
"I often wonder whether, in the privacy of their own homes, they replay the claims and promises they made and compare it with the outcomes delivered."
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will replace Lord Frost as the UK's lead negotiator with the EU in post-Brexit talks.
Unilateral extension over checks on chilled meats likely to be rejected by Brussels.
The UK Brexit minister has been urged to take responsibility for making the deal he negotiated work, after he suggested the UK could take drastic action.
‘The country needs leadership not a lame duck PM’ says Labour.
Brexit minister Lord Frost has blamed negotiators under Theresa May as being responsible to a “very large degree” for issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol.
DAVID Frost, the chief Brexit negotiator for the UK, has come under fire for congratulating his former team on receiving honours in the New Year list for doing a "brilliant job".
Lord Frost quit in a letter to the prime minister last week, and will leave immediately rather than in January as was originally planned.
Brexit minister says EU move would be to the detriment of viewers but admits UK is powerless to prevent it.
French President Emmanuel Macron sought to portray a united European front at the G7 summit on Friday (11 June), tweeting a picture of the five EU leaders together, in a thinly veiled warning to the UK that the EU is united about the implementation of the Brexit agreement.
French government wants stronger UK commitments on ‘level playing field’ with EU
The former prime minister made to the warning to Boris Johnston as talks between the EU and UK continue.
IT SEEMS incredible that the menacing narrative evident for some time now – that Brexit is done and shining a light on its dire consequences is sheer impertinence – has become more rather than less embedded as the actual effects of the folly manifest themselves.
German chancellor warns of economic threat if UK fails to match EU standards.
Michel Barnier says UK has no ‘automatic entitlement’ to EU membership benefits as trade talks sour 20/05/2020
EU chief negotiator blasts back at UK counterpart's letter.
EU’s top negotiator tells MEPs Britain has not offered credible proposals for Irish border.
The EU's former chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, says changes the UK wants to make to the Northern Ireland protocol have caused him to lose trust because what is at stake is not goods or trade but peace.
Minister admits changes to Brexit deal would break international law - Channel 4 News [15 mins] 08/09/2020
The Northern Ireland secretary admitted that the Government was intending to break international law - specifically the EU Withdrawal Agreement, which sets out how Britain and the EU would agree new rules on trade between Britain and Northern Ireland.
Ministers making ‘misleading’ claims about Brexit blow to music tours, Lords inquiry warns 21/01/2022
Ministers are making “misleading” claims about the costs and red tape facing performers trying to tour the EU after Brexit, a parliamentary inquiry says.
Polls show average annual gap between those who believe it was ‘wrong’ to vote to Leave compared to ‘right’ has risen to double digits for the first time. / A growing number of Britons say the UK was wrong to Brexit, according to a Standard analysis of more than 200 polls.
My reply to @DavidGHFrost - Michel Barnier 20/05/2020
'I remain convinced that with mutual respect and constructive engagement by the #UK across the board, on all issues of the negotiating table, we can move forward in the limited available time.'
The UK's chief Brexit negotiator has said the government is not "scared" of walking away from talks without a trade deal ready to come into force in 2021.
British farming will struggle to compete if zero-tariff trade on lamb and beef goes ahead with a post-Brexit trade deal with Australia, the president of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has said.
NFU Scotland has told the government to prioritise the paperwork and physical inspections associated with agri-food trade to the EU that has resulted in delay and losses.
The UK government has announced further delays to some Irish Sea border checks. / The checks are a requirement of the Northern Ireland Protocol, a deal reached by the UK and EU in 2019.
Government should lift ‘veil of secrecy’ as big decisions are made about protocol, says shadow NI secretary.
“What worries me is the casual political vandalism. They really don’t seem to care," Tony Blair's former chief negotiator on Northern Ireland has said.
Polls shows strong support for the Northern Ireland protocol.
Northern Ireland: Lord Frost accused of engineering breakdown of Brexit agreement ahead of crunch EU talks 11/10/2021
Lord Frost has been accused of laying out red lines he knew the EU could not accept, to deliberately engineer “a breakdown in relations”, by a leading Irish minister.
Businesses say bloc has listened and gone ‘beyond expectations’, increasing their hopes of a deal.
Not even 'scribbling on cigarette packets': EU says U.K. has yet to show plan to revise Brexit deal 03/09/2019
Britain has made no concrete proposals on revising the Brexit agreement, and the prospect of a divorce without a deal remains “a very distinct possibility,” the EU said Tuesday.
Fresh example of ‘disastrous’ impact of hard Brexit deal on creative artists stuns MPs.
EU said agreement on common rules ‘on the table’ - but UK would probably have to drop prized right to diverge
Post-Brexit government reforms to cut red tape face civil service backlash – for ‘creating more red tape’ 16/08/2022
Plans to cut down needless regulations by reviewing policies after two years have faced criticism from Whitehall departments amid claims the proposals will be time consuming and burdensome.
Post-Brexit trade talks in danger of grinding to a halt due to ‘very serious divergences’ between UK and EU 04/11/2020
Michel Barnier and David Frost will resume talks on Thursday via video call, after a fortnight of face-to-face meetings
Prime minister expected to press EU leaders to dedicate attention to faltering negotiations.
Republic of Ireland in discussions with senior Biden advisor over UK Article 16 plans for NI Protocol 11/11/2021
The Irish Government held high level discussions this week with the Biden administration over UK plans to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said.
The economy cannot afford the 'double hit' of Covid-19's impact and a no-deal Brexit, Michael Russell warned. / The Scottish Government has urged the Prime Minister to extend the Brexit transition period by the maximum two years amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič has accused the UK's Brexit Minister, Lord David Frost, of "political posturing".
A senior Tory MP has called for the government to take the UK back into the single market as the nation struggles with the cost of living crisis.
Small towns in Midlands and North will suffer most from Boris Johnson’s Brexit trade deal, IFS says 26/02/2020
Small towns in the Midlands and North are among the areas likely to suffer most from the bare-bones trade deal Boris Johnson is seeking with Brussels, according to a respected economic thinktank.
It is understandable, and even desirable from a business perspective, that many of the UK's demands on EU are ahemm, 'ambitious'. ...
Stab-in-the-back: the nasty old myth that Brexiters are exploiting to explain away the disaster 25/06/2022
Lord Frost and others are reinventing a tactic used by the beaten German generals in 1918.
Labour leader accuses British prime minister of ‘reckless’ approach to peace process.
Even after years of division and vitriol, it seems like Britain still needs to talk about Brexit. / More than six years after voting to leave the European Union, the UK is facing a prolonged recession and a deep cost-of-living crisis. Last week’s Autumn Statement heralded years of higher taxes and cuts to public spending.
Six supermarkets that provide three-quarters of Northern Ireland’s groceries have urged the UK government to take action to keep trade flowing when a Brexit grace period ends in October.
In this film, senior FT writers and British businesspeople examine how Brexit hit the UK economy, the political conspiracy of silence, and why there has not yet been a convincing case for a 'Brexit dividend'.
Shortages in the labour market, along with the vacancies in the health service, hospitality industry and agriculture, are the living evidence of this self-inflicted act
Brexit has caused sadness far and wide, but for very many musicians who are only just beginning to emerge from the Covid-induced touring dearth, Brexit has been a disaster. A survey conducted by musicians in 2021 revealed that 34 per cent of musicians had already lost work as a result of Brexit. A violinist said, “I am professionally paralysed by Brexit.”
The EU fears that the UK government is deliberately stalling on Brexit trade deal negotiations, and may secretly be aiming to exit European trade arrangements without first agreeing a new deal.
This week, Rishi Sunak talked of building 'an economy that embraces the opportunities of Brexit'. Here's 5 mins on Brexit's impact on the economy so far. [5 mins] 28/10/2022
This week, Rishi Sunak talked of building 'an economy that embraces the opportunities of Brexit'. Here's 5 mins on Brexit's impact on the economy so far.
TORY ministers caved in to Australian ministers’ climate demands during talks on a post-Brexit trade deal, according to a leaked government email.
Trade experts ridicule David Frost for denying his Brexit deal is responsible for exports crash 12/03/2021
Author of agreement accused of ignoring ‘every reputable trade specialist and 100 years of trade theory’
No-deal looms as deadline little more than a month away.
EU leaders urged to push back against No 10’s brinkmanship over role of European Court of Justice.
Former PM brands mooted UK policy ‘absurd’.
TWO-THIRDS of Scots want Brexit to be delayed, according to a new poll. With coronavirus engulfing the political machinery of the UK and the EU, Boris Johnson is coming under increasing pressure to extend the transition period beyond December this year.
Brexit minister Frost says new unit will seek Brexit benefits.
U.K. trade with the European Union deteriorated in the first month since the Brexit split, suggesting commercial relations between the two economies will suffer more than the British government advertised.
Britain has asked for more time to respond to legal action taken by the European Union over its unilateral decision to ease requirements of the Northern Ireland Protocol, Ireland’s RTE television reported on Wednesday.
But EU warns UK does not understand position it has got itself into.
Fianna Fáil’s Barry Andrews says David Frost’s stance on EU is not credible.
Verhofstadt says it would be a ‘hell of a job’ to achieve success using David Frost’s approach,
David Frost justifies the move saying there is too much uncertainty surrounding trade rules in Northern Ireland.
The UK failed to secure the Brexit agreement it wanted for Northern Ireland, its negotiator has admitted – despite Boris Johnson hailing it as “a great deal” at the time.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed the foreign minister to lead talks with Europe on Sunday after the resignation of the Brexit minister sent shockwaves through the already troubled London administration.
The UK has given the EU a new deadline of two weeks to agree to axe trade checks introduced by the Brexit deal for Northern Ireland, or risk unilateral action by London.
"..the goalposts continuously seem to change from the perspective of David Frost’s negotiation strategy and I think now that we’re seeing the goalposts shift once more."
Michael Gove says he is working to ensure that every Government department understands the workings of the protocol.
UK needs to ‘leave ideology at the door’ in Brexit negotiations, says Belgian MEP [7 mins] 19/12/2021
We spoke to Belgian MEP Philippe Lamberts about Sir David Frost’s resignation and how it is being received in Europe.
Former terror law reviewer David Anderson warns of serious impact on fight against cross-border crime.
Concerns raised after reports negotiating team told to devise plans to ‘get around’ protocol in withdrawal agreement.
UK still not engaging constructively in trade talks with just two months to go, says Michel Barnier 02/09/2020
EU chief negotiator says Boris Johnson’s negotiator has been disappointing
UK threatens to tear up Northern Ireland Brexit deal Boris Johnson agreed five months ago 16/05/2021
Lord Frost attacks EU’s ‘purist’ approach to post-Brexit checks warning they risk stability in Northern Ireland.
Britain and the European Union clashed on Thursday over the chances of securing a free trade agreement, with Brussels deeming it “unlikely” but London holding out hope one could be reached in September.
UK ‘playing a very dangerous game’ by inflaming tensions over Brexit, warns EU commissioner Mairead McGuinness 05/06/2021
In an exclusive interview, Ireland’s EU commissioner Mairead McGuinness told the Irish Independent the UK was “playing a very dangerous game” by inflaming tensions in the North.
European affairs minister says British government out of step with preserving peace with protocol threats.
A Labour MP said Lord Frost, who was Britain's chief Brexit negotiator under Boris Johnson, had made clear the choice to voters at the next election after he joined the Global Warming Policy Foundation.
Irish foreign minister hits out at Brexit minister over provocative article on Northern Ireland protocol
Frost’s latest remarks have been slammed as “a very strange way to make friends and build partnerships”.
EU's chief negotiator blames UK for failure of progress in talks.
SDLP’s Brexit spokesman says Frost’s attempts to unpick NI protocol risking investment.
Under cover of Brexit - Chris Grey 03/07/2020
The most important Brexit event of the week came and went with relatively little fanfare, yet it marks a significant moment.
US president Joe Biden’s extraordinary intervention on Northern Ireland is ‘significant’ - Taoiseach Micheál Martin 10/06/2021
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the intervention from US President Joe Biden on the row over Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit position was “significant”. / President Biden ordered US officials to issue Boris Johnson with an extraordinary diplomatic rebuke for imperilling the Northern Ireland peace process over Brexit.
In 2020, the appointment of David Frost as UK Brexit Chief Negotiator – not as a minister, not as a civil servant, but as a special adviser – raised a set of accountability issues once the Department for Exiting the EU was abolished.
Report shared with POLITICO urges UK to keep pace with Brussels. / Britain must not "rip up" protections for workers as a government review considers doing away with EU laws carried over post Brexit, according to a new report.
So what is the ECJ, what is its role in the protocol and what are the possible alternatives?
UK’s move was not sought by either the EU or the Irish government.
The reality that Leavers are facing is that the promised benefits of Brexit are hard to achieve while the costs are hard to avoid.
As part of our special edition looking at five years since the EU referendum, Alastair Campbell looks at the silence of the Leavers.
There is an air of desperation in attacks from those on the right and their supporters in the press. They fear if Johnson falls, the Brexit deception will crumble too.
The EU's ambassador to the U.K. on Sunday conceded there was little trust between the two sides ahead of a meeting this week to discuss contentious trade barriers with Northern Ireland.
‘Recklessly irresponsible’ Brexit rush to axe EU laws is putting safety standards at risk, watchdogs warn 24/11/2022
Trading standards officers fear ‘recklessly irresponsible’ legislation poses danger to public.
‘Waste’: Fisherman says exporting to China is ‘cheaper and easier’ than to France post-Brexit 07/07/2021
Jamie McMillan said his sales are down 40 per cent since Brexit.
Former No 10 chief of staff says it is ‘dishonest’ to pretend Brexit deal has not added costs to trade.
The Brexit negotiator now recognises “a whole set of problems” caused after the deal.
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