Boris Johnson told to show ‘steel’ and tear up Northern Ireland protocol
Lord Trimble, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Good Friday Agreement, warned he had been ‘trashed’ by Brussels and was ‘on life support’.
“The EU officially reiterates its support for the Good Friday Agreement, but there is no commitment with what this might mean in practice,” he said.
Lord Frost, the former Brexit negotiator, has warned that the bloc’s “negligently destructive handling” of the protocol has thrown the peace deal “in great peril”.
He said the border fix was shaped by the UK’s “weakness” at the start of the talks and could only have worked if there had been “a lot more pragmatism in how it worked”.
The remarks came in a Policy Exchange report arguing the deal was based on the “illusion” of an all-island economy in Ireland. He said north and south have “as much difference as two neighboring economies in Europe”, with living standards 10% higher in Ulster.
The province’s trade with the Republic is “remarkably weak” and has been wrongly prioritized over its much larger ties with Britain, the newspaper added.
Northern Ireland has remained in the single market to prevent a border with the south, with EU checks on UK goods being transferred to the Irish Sea.