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Brexit: Lord Frost hits out at EU over Northern Ireland Protocol

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This follows a statement released on the US Government’s Foreign Affairs Committee website, in which they responded to “the United Kingdom’s threats to suspend the Northern Ireland Protocol of the EU withdrawal agreement.” The press release read: “The Northern Ireland Protocol was a significant achievement during the volatile Brexit process, and its full implementation is critical for ensuring Brexit doesn’t undermine decades of progress toward peace on the island of Ireland.

“The Good Friday Agreement and broader peace process took patience and time to build, with good faith contributions from the communities in Northern Ireland, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and others.

“However, peace can unravel quickly.

“In threatening to invoke Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, the United Kingdom threatens to not only destabilise trade relations, but also that hard earned peace.

“We call on the UK to abandon this dangerous path, and to commit to implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol in full.”

On the importance of Northern Ireland for the Biden administration, Professor Rob Singh expert in contemporary US politics and American foreign policy at Birkbeck, University of London, told Express.co.uk: “I think it’s huge.”

He made the distinction: “That’s not at all to suggest that Biden is anti-British – he’s not at all.

“When he was in the Senate, he was a very influential voice for the UK’s interests, for example, when the Argentinians invaded the Falklands in 1982.

“But, there are a substantial number of American politicians – Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and various other Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate – [who] really care hugely about the Good Friday Agreement.

“Any threat to that is something that would have a severe rupture on our relations.”

Brexit Secretary, Lord David Frost, had previously warned the EU that triggering Article 16 could be the “only option” if talks continued to stall.

Addressing the House of Lords, he urged EU negotiators to “stay calm and keep things in proportion.”

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has backed up the words of Lord Frost, calling Article 16 a “safety mechanism” in any potential trade war with the EU.

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The EU hit back at the looming possibility of suspending the Northern Ireland Protocol, with EU Commission Vice-President, Maros Sefcovic, saying last week: “Let there be no doubt that triggering Article 16 – to seek the renegotiation of the Protocol – would have serious consequences.”

The US had previously waded into the heated Northern Ireland Protocol debate as EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told her over 660,000 Twitter followers that the US President agreed with the EU over Article 16.

After a visit to the White House, Ms von der Leyen posted: “President Biden and I agreed on the need to preserve peace and stability on the island of Island.

“We agree that the Withdrawal Agreement and the Protocol should be implemented.”

Professor Singh commented that consequently for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, “it’s a very delicate balancing act between asserting what they want against the EU, and going too far and risking a potential rupture with the US as a result.”

He added that although the US Senate and House of Representatives would not continually fret over how Brexit negotiations could impact Article 16, Professor Singh sees “a substantial minority who do care very much about it.”

He added: “Dublin, as much as anybody else, knows that and makes sure that any potential adverse moves that threaten the deal that was struck get alerted to people in DC.”

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