The UK has launched an attempt to substantially rewrite the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol that Boris Johnson signed up to in 2019.
But as the Brexit minister published the UK’s blueprint for an alternative, he stopped short of ripping up the document completely or arguing the time was right to trigger the article 16 provision that enables either the UK or EU to suspend part of the arrangements in extreme circumstances.
‘These proposals will require significant change to the Northern Ireland protocol,’ David Frost said. ‘We do not shy away from that. We believe such change is necessary to deal with the situation we now face’