Britain wants new EU deal on Northern Ireland

Demonstration in Belfast

Opponents of the Northern Ireland Protocol protest against the region’s special status.

(Photo: imago images / NurPhoto)

London The Northern Ireland Protocol has only been in place for a good seven months, but the British government is already planning to renegotiate it. In a 28-page document, he published his demands to the EU on Wednesday. “We cannot continue as before,” Brexit Minister David Frost said in the British House of Lords. “Major changes” are necessary.

With the intervention shortly before the summer holidays, Frost escalated the dispute over EU border controls in the British province. He explicitly threatened to terminate the agreement. “The conditions are there to apply Article 16 of the Protocol,” he said. As a result, a partner can unilaterally revoke the protocol in the event of “serious economic disruption.” But the EU is expected to be ready to negotiate, Frost said. Together they want to find “a new balance”.

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