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EU Tells UK It Will Not Renegotiate Terms of Northern Ireland’s Brexit Deal

The European Union has warned the UK it will not renegotiate the deal on Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit trading arrangements after the UK’s Brexit minister Lord David Frost demanded significant changes to the terms. Frost said “we cannot go on as we are” but held back—for now—from taking the dramatic step of effectively suspending parts of the deal, even though he claimed the UK would be justified to do so. Prime Minister Boris Johnson hit out at the “inflexible” approach of the EU in implementing the agreement he signed but said there was an “opportunity to proceed differently.” But European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic flatly rejected the UK’s call to renegotiate elements of the Northern Ireland Protocol. The protocol, part of the Brexit divorce deal agreed by the UK and Brussels, effectively keeps Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market for goods. This means checks on goods being sent from Great Britain …

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