Dominic Cummings says UK always intended to ditch NI protocol

By Lisa O’Carroll
The UK government always intended to “ditch” the Northern Ireland protocol, Boris Johnson’s former adviser Dominic Cummings has claimed.
In a string of tweets, Cummings said the flawed Brexit deal had been a way to get out of the electoral doldrums and “whack [Jeremy] Corbyn”, and “of course” the government should be allowed to “sometimes break deals… like every other state does”.
His remarks have caused alarm in Dublin, where the former taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who negotiated the Northern Ireland protocol with Johnson at a meeting in Wirral in October 2019, said that, if true, they showed the government could not be trusted.
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Lord Frost: failure to rip up NI protocol would be ‘historic misjudgment’

By Lisa O’Carroll
The UK wants to rip up the existing Northern Ireland protocol and replace it with new Brexit arrangements, warning it would be a “historic misjudgment” if the EU did not consider such a change.
“What does it cost the EU to put a new protocol in place? It seems to us, very little,” the Brexit minister Lord Frost said in a speech in Portugal on Tuesday.
Spelling out the UK’s position in greater detail than before, he said it was needed if the both sides were to move away from the current hostilities and move to the next chapter.
To allow the current “alienation” to take hold would be “a serious historical error”, he said, adding the UK had got into “a low-equilibrium somewhat fractious relationship” but that it “takes two to fix it”.
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