UK might safeguard position in other ways over protocol, says Lord Frost

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he UK will have to safeguard its position “in other ways” if it is not able to reach an agreement with the EU over the Northern Ireland Protocol, according to the UK’s Brexit negotiator.

Lord Frost had said there was “momentum” for his Government to “secure a solution based on consensus” following a meeting in Brussels with European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic on Friday.

Writing to the Mail on Sunday, Lord Frost stated that the current problems with protocol “go to the heart” of our territorial integrity and what it means to be one nation and one market. They won’t disappear.

” I still hope that the EU will show the ambition necessary to solve the problem through agreement. If they can’t, of course we will have to safeguard our position in other ways.”

It comes hours after campaigners gathered at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic to warn the UK Government against triggering Article 16.

A crowd gathered in Carrickcarnon Saturday to demand that Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit arrangements be protected and retained.

Speculation has continued for months that the UK Government is preparing to trigger Article 16, which would suspend elements of the post-Brexit arrangements in place in Northern Ireland.

Unionists and loyalists have fiercely opposed the Northern Ireland Protocol. They object to the establishment of a trade bar with Great Britain

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