Lord Frost is set to dramatically escalate the war of words with Brussels over the Northern Ireland Brexit deal – as he devises new plans to rewrite the 24-month-old agreement.
Britain’s Brexit minister will deliver a speech in Lisbon on Tuesday afternoon, warning the European Union not to listen to British demands.
And the UK’s chief negotiator will present a new legal text to Brussels with concrete plans for amending the deal.
His intervention comes after a very public spat with the Irish Foreign Minister in which Simon Coveney accused Lord Frost of deliberately trying to torpedo EU-UK relations by unfair means.
Mr Coveney said the UK’s demand for an end to a role for the European Court of Justice was “a new ‘red line’ obstacle to progress, that [the UK] Know the EU cannot move forward”.
In a series of tweets the UK’s Brexit minister said he preferred not to “talk via Twitter”.
The UK is looking to reverse the Northern Ireland Brexit deal, as it is causing trade disruptions with the rest of the UK.
But EU capitals have little appetite to seriously reconsider the treaty, which was struck after years of painful negotiations with both the governments of Theresa May and Boris Johnson.
The European Union is expected to determine its response to Britain’s plans on Wednesday.
The EU’s Brexit lead Maros Sefkovic has said a UK demand, removing the ECJ’s role from the deal, would separate Northern Ireland from the single market.
But before the point of crisis Lord Frost would claim: “Without the new system in the region, the Protocol will never have the support it needs to survive.”
Lord Frost is expected to tell his audience in Lisbon that relations with the European Union are “under strain”.
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