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Tánaiste warns better deal for UK not possible amid escalating tensions over prospect of triggering Article 16

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has warned UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the UK will not receive a better deal if Article 16 is triggered.

Varadkar has appealed to Mr. Johnson to not trigger Article 16 as tensions escalate over the prospect of the UK taking such an action.

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Varadkar warned that “it’s a mistake to think that by escalating tensions… by trying to withdraw from any part of it that you’ll end up with a better deal – you won’t.”

The Tánaiste said that a year’s notice to leave the protocol would leave uncertainty for businesses and would be a big mistake.

Brexit Minister David Frost said that he was not ready to give up yet as further negotiations have yet to take place between the UK and the EU over post-Brexit trade and Northern Ireland.

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Frost stated, “There is more to do and I certainly will not give up on this process, unless and until it is abundantly clear that nothing more can be done. We are certainly not at that point yet.”

While urging Brussels to “stay calm”, Frost said that there was an opportunity to turn away from confrontation “to move beyond our current difficulties and put in place a new, and better, equilibrium”.

However, Frost said that it’s not inevitable that Article 16 will be triggered as speculation suggests that the bloc was preparing to take retaliatory action against the UK.

IMAGE – Dianna Bonner/PA Images

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