Details of UK plans on North protocol due ‘in weeks’

Brexit minister David Frost says proposals will be set out to MPs before Commons recess on July 22nd

 David Frost: Plans to resolve issues surrounding the protocol will be detailed in the coming weeks. File photograph Leon Neal/Getty Images

David Frost: Plans to resolve issues surrounding the protocol will be detailed in the coming weeks. File photograph Leon Neal/Getty Images

 

Plans to resolve issues surrounding the Northern Ireland protocol will be detailed in the coming weeks, British Brexit minister David Frost has said.

Downing Street’s negotiator with the European Union said on Thursday that the government will set out its proposals to MPs before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess on July 22nd.

He said “all options remain on the table” to resolve problems, including the trade barrier in the Irish Sea caused by the post-Brexit agreement on Northern Ireland.

Mr Frost said: “We are confident given everything that we’ve been through the last few years that there are ways of finding a new balance and finding the necessary adjustments.

“But obviously all options remain on the table for us. We’re considering our next steps, we’re discussing with all those with an interest and I can say today that we will set out our approach to parliament in a considered way on these questions before the summer recess.”

Mr Frost said the UK would not be delivering an ultimatum to the EU with the plans.

He added: “There’s no deadlines here. We’re not putting something on the table and saying take it or leave it, or you must work to this particular timetable through setting our approach out to parliament.”

British prime minister Boris Johnson acknowledged on Wednesday that problems over the movement of chilled meats from Britain to Northern Ireland are still “far from fixed” following an agreement to delay the implementation of border checks.

He also acknowledged concerns among the North’s Jewish community that they would be unable to access kosher foods unless it is resolved. – PA