EU hits out at Lord Frost's Northern Ireland demands
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International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Housing Secretary Michael Gove have been accused of undermining Lord Frost when they said that Britain is unlikely to trigger Article 16 before Christmas. This came after Lord Frost had repeatedly said that it could be triggered at any point, a threat that appeared to be a key part of his negotiating strategy. Hitting out at the ministers’ intervention, Express.co.uk readers said they should “leave the negotiating tactics to Frost
One reader, called RidusofEU, said: “Leave the negotiating tactics to Frost. That’s HIS job.
“That’s what he’s being paid to do.
“Comments from others who are not involved in the negotiations and have no idea of what stage they’re at or what’s being discussed are NOT helpful.”
Meanwhile, TheManFromThar1, said: “These ministers who publicly oppose Frost triggering Article 16 should be sacked.
“When negotiating something. You are supposed to but up a united front.
“Not show the opposition that there is decent in the ranks.”
A third user, with the username an1mal, called Mr Gove and Ms Trevelyan’s comments “traitorous”.
They said: “Wouldnt expect anything less from his masterful ministers’ traitorous behaviour, their all bought into the EU.
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“1 step forward, 2 steps back in the background.
“We really do need a clean out of Gov.”
However, some readers defended them, hitting out at Frost instead.
Rostrevor said criticised the lack of progress in the negotiations, which have been ongoing for more than a month.
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They said: “Not making much progress is he?
“Hasn’t even got his command paper on the negotiating table. It’s all about the EU’s agenda.”
Another reader, Oupu echoed this, saying: “Frost thinks by talking big and macho everyone will be in awe.
“Trouble is when you keep on making threats / promises and don’t fulfil any of them you just look small and weak.
“Poor Pootie and Frosty.”
The comments came after Ms Trevelyan, speaking to the Telegraph, said: “I don’t think anyone’s calling Article 16 before Christmas, absolutely not.”
The week before, Mr Gove said he was “confident” Article 16 would not be triggered.
The Northern Ireland protocol, which was agreed as part of the December 2020 Brexit Agreement, gives Northern Ireland access to UK markets while allowing it to remain within the EU’s single market for goods.
However, it has come under fire in recent months because of border checks on goods moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, resulting in delays and supermarket shortages.
This has caused Downing Street to claim that the way the Protocol is being implemented is “unsustainable”, with Lord Frost claiming that “more than 200 suppliers” had decided to stop selling to Northern Ireland.
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