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British demands on Brexit ‘very hard to accept’ – Varadkar

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has warned the latest demands from the United Kingdom on Brexit are “very hard to accept”.

The UK’s Brexit Minister David Frost gave a speech in Lisbon on Tuesday saying the British Government is proposing a new legal text to replace the Northern Ireland Protocol.

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Frost said the Protocol has to change, and further warned the UK could still trigger Article 16, a mechanism that can be used to suspend some aspects of the Protocol.

The UK Government has taken issue with the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in ensuring compliance with the Northern Ireland Protocol.

“There are several stages in this process where everybody can look carefully at it and decide to pull back from the brink,” he said.

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“Our proposal looks more like a normal treaty in how it’s governed,” Frost said.

Leo Varadkar said in response: “What I can say is that our consistent position as the European Union and as the Irish Government is that the ECJ has to be the body that interprets European law and European standards.”

“I don’t understand how a British court or any other court could do that.”

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