Article 16 loses power as UK negotiating tool as EU hardens approach

London Letter: British threats have pushed more EU members into hawkish camp

Britain’s Brexit minister  David Frost: Europe has made it clear it is not impressed by British spin about triggering article 16 in a “calibrated and forensic” way.  Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

Britain’s Brexit minister David Frost: Europe has made it clear it is not impressed by British spin about triggering article 16 in a “calibrated and forensic” way. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

Before Brexit minister David Frost made his statement to the House of Lords on Wednesday there was a flutter of speculation around Westminster that he was about to trigger article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol. Instead, he promised to keep talking to European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic until they have exhausted all negotiating possibilities.

“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,” he said.

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