Nicola Sturgeon launches blistering Brexit attack

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In a paper, George Peretz QC of Monckton Chambers and James Webber of Shearman & Sterling, supported Lord Frost’s argument that elements of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement must be revised. In particular, the pair claim article 10 of the deal, which relates to state aid, may need to be altered. The Government has claimed this particular section needs to be changed, and according to the pair, these changes should be considered by the EU.

In a paper published on Thursday, the pair said: “Whatever view may be taken by the EU of the UK government’s general stance towards the protocol either in the command paper or more widely, its specific proposals on article 10 should, in our view, be considered seriously.”

In July, Lord Frost and Brandon Lewis, Northern Ireland Secretary, presented a command paper on the Northern Ireland protocol.

Within the command paper, the pair suggested the provisions agreed in article 10 were now “redundant”. 

Article 10 refers to state aid and requires certain state subsidy decisions made by the UK, to be referred to Brussels. 

After publishing the command paper, it is unclear if the two sides will revisit the agreement. 

One source told the Financial Times: “We are hopeful the EU do recognise the importance of not aggravating this situation.

“But it remains to be seen whether they are willing to engage seriously on article 10 or not.”

A UK government official said: “As Webber and Peretz suggest, now the UK and EU have hammered out common principles of subsidy control in the [trade and co-operation agreement], it makes sense to revisit article 10 to ensure common rules across the UK which align with the broader agreed UK-EU relationship.”

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Article 10 of the Brexit deal should be reconsidered, George Peretz QC of Monckton Chambers and James Webber of Shearman & Sterling, have claimed. 

In support of Lord Frost, the pair claimed this section of the deal may indeed be redundant, as the Brexit minister prviously said. 

They said: “Whatever view may be taken by the EU of the UK government’s general stance towards the protocol either in the command paper or more widely, its specific proposals on article 10 should, in our view, be considered seriously.”

A source told the Financial Times, however, that it is unclear if the EU will renegotiate elements of the deal following the release of the command paper in July. 

They said: “We are hopeful the EU do recognise the importance of not aggravating this situation.

“But it remains to be seen whether they are willing to engage seriously on article 10 or not.”

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