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Lord Frost tells EU to stop sulking over Brexit and make a success of it
Brussels must stop sulking over the UK's decision to leave the European Union and work to make Brexit a success, Boris Johnson's Europe adviser has said.

Lord Frost says the EU should "shake off any remaining ill will towards us for leaving, and instead build a friendly relationship, between sovereign equals".

Last week the Prime Minister infuriated Brussels when he unilaterally extended the grace period for supermarkets' goods and parcels from the end of this month to October, prompting threats of legal action from Brussels. The grace periods mean procedures and checks are not yet fully applied.

The move sparked a fresh row with the EU, which is jointly responsible with the UK for the Northern Ireland Protocol governing trade and new border checks in the province.

But writing for The Telegraph, the Cabinet Office minister blames the escalating tensions on the EU's threat to impose a hard border on the island of Ireland in January.

Lord Frost, who personally negotiated the Brexit trade deal and joined Mr Johnson's Cabinet last month, says the EU's behaviour "has significantly undermined cross-community confidence in the Protocol".

He writes: "As the Government of the whole of our country we have to deal with that situation - one that remains fragile. That is why we have had to take some temporary operational steps to minimise disruption in Northern Ireland. They are lawful and are consistent with a progressive and good faith implementation of the Protocol.

"They are about protecting the everyday lives of people in Northern Ireland, making sure they can receive parcels and buy the usual groceries from the supermarket."

Lord Frost, who made his maiden speech in the House of Lords last Thursday, also says the UK's decision to break away from an EU scheme on coronavirus vaccines to order its own supplies instead was a tangible example of the benefits of Brexit.

It is a classic bullying tactic - to blame the victim by accusing them of sulking.  But the EU is no victim and has no reason to want to make Brexit a success. Lord Frost will simply find himself increasing ignored as the EU moves on to other priorities. In the meantime the EU Parliament has decided to postpone ratifying the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. Indefinitely, I would hope, and the Commission should also cease any other discussions with the UK until the Protocol is fully and faithfully implemented. What is the point of negotiating new agreements when existing ones are flouted?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Mar 8th, 2021 at 02:59:11 PM EST
Lord Frost's comments were praised by the leaders of the European Research Group of Conservative MPs.

David Jones, the group's deputy chairman, said: "The EU has displayed significant bad faith, ranging from the intemperate anti-British sniping of Mr Macron's Europe minister, Clément Beaune, to the extraordinarily aggressive and unjustified action of banning the export of vaccines to the UK.

"This is in clear breach of the spirit of the Northern Ireland Protocol. The UK can't be expected to stand by while trade is disrupted and supermarket shelves are at risk of emptying.

"David Frost is absolutely right to take proportionate measures."

Tory Brexiteers have called on Boris Johnson to scrap the arrangements for Northern Ireland

The ERG members are less effective but mirroring USA under Trump ... in the end the GOP was the BIG LOSER!

by Oui on Mon Mar 8th, 2021 at 03:35:42 PM EST
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I'm sorry, but I couldn't read beyond the first paragraph of the piece without laughing. Seriously, WTF?

The EU is way too busy with the pandemic, the slow ramping up of the vaccination campaign, trade disputes with the USA and various political dramas throughout the continent, to give his lordship more than a passing thought. This has worked so well the last time: If anything, the Brexiters have been an excellent opportunity to get the EU27 totally united. Against the Brexiters. There is no reason for this to change, quite the opposite, actually.

by Bernard on Mon Mar 8th, 2021 at 09:28:51 PM EST
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It's playground stuff and the UK needs to grow up fast now that it is in the real world all on its own.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Mar 8th, 2021 at 11:29:35 PM EST
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Anglo-American Conservatives can posture but they can't govern.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Mar 9th, 2021 at 04:19:31 PM EST
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They have no desire to govern because government=bad.  Their purpose is to make sure government does not function, except of course for the Ueberklass, and they're very effective at that whether in government or opposition.
by rifek on Mon Mar 29th, 2021 at 03:57:40 PM EST
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Shorter businesses: Grow up, kid (and stop being such an ass).

by Bernard on Tue Mar 9th, 2021 at 07:36:18 PM EST
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