UK Brexit Minister David Frost has accused the European Union of behaving without regard for the political, economic or identity sensitivities in Northern Ireland.
He further accused the EU of destroying cross-community consent as a result of applying an overly-strict enforcement of the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The accusations came after the EU and UK put forward proposals to address the disputes over the protocol.
“We must return to the protocol and deliver a more robust, and more balanced, outcome than we could in 2019,” Frost said.
Frost said the 2017 EU-UK joint report – which set the terms for the Brexit process – was a result of the UK failing to make “the necessary mental shift from being a member of the EU to negotiating exit from the EU”.
He further claimed it was as a result of the extreme weakness of the UK Government after the June 2017 election.
Frost then went on to say that the enforcement of the Northern Ireland Protocol “has begun to damage” the Good Friday Agreement.
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