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Ministers confirm ‘English votes for English laws’ process being abandoned

The UK is to table an “alternative solution” to end the dispute with the EU over Brexit checks in Northern Ireland, David Frost has said.

Just days after fears were raised that the UK was trying “dismantle” the Northern Ireland protocol, Lord Frost appears to have adopted a more placatory approach, saying he was not giving the EU an ultimatum but urging everyone to “try” to reach a solution over the summer.

The proposal, to be presented to parliament before recess on 22 July, is “based on equivalence” in food standards which would do away with most of the checks on foods entering NI from GB.

Speaking at an event run by the Policy Exchange thinktank this morning, Frost said:

We’d like to discuss this in in depth; that hasn’t really been possible … but an alternative solution is on the table, can be discussed and would provide an alternative way forward and this one’s much more consistent with the economic relationship that’s established in the TCA [trade and cooperation agreement].

He warned that if the EU continued to NI border like an external border, such as that with Russia or the US, “then we definitely have problems”.

He said the concessions last week on the chilled meat grace period, guide dogs and second hand cards were welcome but “they’re not really the heart of the problem”.

David Frost

David Frost.

Photograph: Vickie Flores/EPA


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