LONDON:The UK’s Brexit minister says that the standoff between his country and the European Union over post-Brexit trading rules for Northern Ireland might create "cold mistrust" in their broader relationship.
In a speech to the British-Irish Association, David Frost said the UK would not “sweep away” the Northern Ireland Protocol, but the government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson needed to see "substantial and significant change".
Frost warned that the row could have a long-term chilling effect on wider EU-UK relations unless it was resolved.
Those changes covered the movement of goods into Northern Ireland, standards for goods and governance arrangements.
The Northern Ireland Protocol is an integral part of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement whose central aim is to maintain an open land border between British-controlled Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland so as to facilitate the free movement of goods.