Brexit LIVE: Ball in your court! Frost finally loses patience as he issues EU ultimatum

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Following his proposal to ease issues caused to Northern Ireland post-Brexit, Lord Frost has called on the EU to assess his “ambitious compromise”. Amid fears over food supply chains in Northern Ireland, Lord Frost insisted the current agreement is “rigid” and is “severely” disrupting trade. In a bid to win over Brussels, the Brexit minister insisted the UK is not attempting to sweep away the Northern Ireland protocol but make alterations. 

If the EU can finally come to the table and renegotiate the protocol, Lord Frost insisted the “huge prize” of stability in Northern Ireland could be obtained. 

Writing an opinion piece for The Times, he said: “The ball is now in the EU’s court.

“I urge the EU to think carefully about our proposals, with preserving the gains of the peace process firmly at the top of their minds.

“There is a huge prize on offer: stability in Northern Ireland and a better relationship between us as Europeans.

“We all need to work together to deliver what is right for Northern Ireland, by thinking creatively, moving away from established positions and being ready to compromise.”

On Wednesday Lord Frost called for a new balance between the two sides and in the command paper, the UK includes a plan to return to a normal treaty framework. 

It also includes agreements about data sharing and agreeing to a standstill period over the operation of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In response, Maros Sefcovic vice-president of the EU Commission refused to renegotiate the protocol. 

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8am update: Ben Habib calls on the UK to invoke Article 16

Former Brexit Party MEP, Ben Habib has called on the UK to use the “protective” measure to ensure the stability of Northern Ireland. 

He said: “The press this morning describing the invoking of Article 16 as an atomic button. It is not.

“That article is a protective measure. Not a nuclear option.

“Invoking it is necessary to protect NI and to make sure negotiations take place earnestly.”

7.48am update: “Ball’s in your court” – Frost issues final ultimatum 

Brexit minister Lord David Frost called on the EU to think carefully over the UK’s proposals over the Northern Ireland protocol. 

Amid the issues caused by the Northern Ireland protocol, Lord Frost said in The Times: “The ball is now in the EU’s court.

“I urge the EU to think carefully about our proposals, with preserving the gains of the peace process firmly at the top of their minds.

“There is a huge prize on offer: stability in Northern Ireland and a better relationship between us as Europeans.

“We all need to work together to deliver what is right for Northern Ireland, by thinking creatively, moving away from established positions and being ready to compromise.”

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