They’re ignoring us! UK has sent ‘over a dozen’ Brexit proposals to EU – ‘Heard nothing’

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In a bold attack, the Northern Ireland Secretary revealed the UK has sent “over a dozen” papers to the EU but has received nothing in return. With the amnesty on chilled meats set to expire at the end of this month, Mr Lewis admitted the EU has failed to be pragmatic over the protocol. Although time is running out to resolve issues on the ban on chilled meats, the secretary of state insisted Brussels is yet to send a “detailed paper” to the UK.

Speaking to PoliticsHome, Mr Lewis called on EU officials to finally show flexibility over Brexit or the UK may be forced to act unilaterally.

He added: “The EU keep talking about being pragmatic and flexible, but they actually need to do it.

“It’s all very well and good talking about it, but you need to show it.

“We have sent them well over a dozen papers and we haven’t heard back in a constructive way on any of them.

“We understand that they have a pragmatic idea for medicine movements from GB to NI but we only heard about that because journalist Tony Connelly tweeted about it.

“We haven’t seen a detailed paper on it yet”.

Last week, the UK had hoped to smooth relations over Northern Ireland during talks with EU leaders at the G7 summit.

The talks did not lead to a breakthrough, however, and instead inflamed tensions between the UK and EU.

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Maros Sefcovic, EU Commission vice-president claimed the UK had not fulfilled what was agreed between the two sides.

He also warned the EU is now losing patience with the UK over tensions in Northern Ireland.

Speaking to MPs of the Northern Ireland affairs select committee, Lord David Frost warned the EU is continuing to take a purist approach to the Northern Ireland protocol.

He also revealed the UK is prepared to take action over the amnesty on chilled meats and may extend it if needed.

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Lord Frost added: “It does seem to us in a way very purist for the EU to insist upon checks, given that there is – as far as we are aware – no risk of Great British sausages ending up in the single market.

“We aren’t aware that’s happened.

“I would like to think someone would have told us it had.”

While talks have taken place between the two sides ahead of the end of the amnesty, Lord Frost insisted little progress had been made to resolve issues.

The Brexit minister said: “It’s happening all the time, it’s just that we are not making much progress despite all the ideas that we have put in.

“We’d prefer to find negotiated ways forwards if we can.

“If that’s not possible, obviously other options remain on the table, as the PM said over the weekend.”

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