Brexit deal could 'unravel’ over failed fishing deal says expert

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The British Government has demanded the terms of the protocol be renegotiated to ensure economic and social frictions developing in Northern Ireland are resolved. The European Union has rejected demands from London for new talks, sparking threats from Brexit Minister Lord Frost to trigger Article 16 for the unilaterally safeguard the union. Sky News Brussels correspondent Dominic Waghorn said the protraction of talks to reach a compromise could lead to the “unravelling” of the deal itself.

Mr Waghorn said: “Lord Frost is saying there’s a significant gap between the two sides, that is clearly the case.

“The longer this goes on, the more likely Article 16 is invoked and what that could lead to is hard to predict.

“The Europeans would certainly have the ball in their court, they would have to respond in a number of ways.

“Not any of those options are attractive to the European and ultimately you could see the Brexit deal either renegotiated or unravelling, God forbid.”

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The Withdrawal Agreement the UK struck with Brussels in December 2020 came after over three years of negotiations marred by divisiveness over fishing, the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), and Northern Ireland.

The ECJ in particular remains a key point of friction as the court plays an important role in the resolution of disputes as part of the protocol.

London has demanded the ECJ’s position to be reviewed, if not entirely deprived of its position of legal oversight.

Mr Waghorn continued: “I don’t think we can put a timescale on it but I think we’re heading towards that the longer these talks go on without any breakthrough.

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It does look increasingly likely. The British are saying they felt some time ago they’re entitled to invoke it.

“It clearly is still a threat very much alive and on the table. The Europeans are saying they have made significant changes, they have reduced custom checks by 80 percent.

“The British dispute that figure but they also want to have the way the protocol is overseen by the European Court of Justice looked at and overhauled, possibly removed completely.

“And the Europeans aren’t budging on that.”

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As Lord Frost reached Brussels to meet with Eu Interinstitutional Relations Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič, a spokesman for Boris Johnson insisted Britain will press on with negotiations to try to resolve what it calls problems with part of the Brexit divorce agreement that governs trade with Northern Ireland.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “Our focus at the moment is to carry on with the discussions we’re having,” the spokesman told reporters, repeating Brexit minister David Frost’s words that London would not trigger the Article 16 emergency provision on Friday.

“We obviously want to agree consensual solutions on the protocol and we need to resolve these issues urgently because the disruption on the ground in Northern Ireland hasn’t gone away.”

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