Dominic Cummings accused of 'revenge' by Kuenssberg

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In a series of tweets posted this morning, the former Downing Street Chief of Staff implied the Government had always intended to break the deal signed with the European Union, alleging “cheating foreigners is a core part of the job.” Dominic Cummings abruptly left his role as Chief of Staff in November last year, after a period of bitter in-fighting between senior officials in Downing Street.

Mr Cummings tweeted: “good faith blah. listen to babble of student politics from sw1 insiders infantilised by EU membership.

“it was international diplomacy vs people trying to cut our balls off.

“of course there wasn’t ‘good faith’ you [sic].”

In tweets posted earlier the same day, he alleged the Government achieved the best Brexit deal they could and planned to “ditch bits we didn’t like after whacking Corbyn.”

“Shd we generally stick to deals? Of course. Sometimes break them? Of course. Just like the EU, US, China and every other state does [sic],” he said.

As well as criticising Downing Street “insiders” for being “infantilised by EU membership”, the former adviser also claimed the Prime Minister “never understood what leaving the Customs Union meant” until the month before the deal was signed.

“No what I’ve said does NOT mean ‘the PM was lying in GE2019’, he never had a scoobydoo what the deal he signed meant,” Cummings wrote.

Cummings’ controversial tweets have since sparked a row with Northern Ireland, who have warned other countries against signing deals with the UK until they are confident they will keep to their promises.

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Ireland’s Deputy Premier Leo Varadkar told RTE Morning Ireland: “I saw those comments; I hope Dominic Cummings is speaking for himself and not for the British Government.

“But those comments are very alarming because that would indicate that this is a Government, an administration, that acted in bad faith and that message needs to be heard around the world.

“If the British Government doesn’t honour its agreements, it doesn’t adhere to treaties it signs, that must apply to everyone else too.

“At the moment they’re going around the world, they’re trying to negotiate new trade agreements… Surely the message must go out to all countries around the world that this is a British Government that doesn’t necessarily keep its word and doesn’t necessarily honour the agreements it makes.

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“And you shouldn’t make any agreements with them until such time as you’re confident that they keep their promises, and honour things, for example, like the protocol.”

This comes as the EU is set to unveil new legal proposals for making amendments to the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Britain’s Brexit Minister Lord Frost claimed that not renegotiating it would be a “historic misjudgement”.

The renegotiation seeks to address the movement of goods across the Irish Sea, which Lord Frost said was “not working”.

He called on Brussels to show “the same ambition and willingness” to resolve the issue but he warned the EU must be ready to agree to “significant change” as it “takes two” to mend a “fractious” UK-EU relationship.

He also reiterated a threat to suspend post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland – which were designed to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland – by triggering Article 16 of the Protocol.

“Northern Ireland is not EU territory. It is our responsibility to safeguard peace and prosperity in Northern Ireland, and that may include using Article 16 if necessary,” Lord Frost said.

“We would not go down this road gratuitously or with any particular pleasure.

“Maybe there is a world in which the Protocol could have worked, more sensitively implemented.”

Maros Sefcovic, the European Commission’s vice president, has said that the changes will be “very far-reaching”, with reports suggesting he will offer to lift half of customs checks on goods and more than half of checks on meat and plant products.

If implemented, the proposed changes would be in defiance of the French government, which internally raised concerns about the move.

French President Emmanuel Macron previously warned that “nothing is negotiable” with regards to the Protocol.

Downing Street declined to comment on Mr Cummings’ tweets.

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