Brexit LIVE: Frost erupts at ‘extremely weak’ May – blames ex-PM’s ‘sellout’ for EU chaos

David Frost: EU sometimes appears to 'not want' UK success

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As Brexit tensions threaten to erupt, Lord Frost claimed Mrs May had been “extremely weak” in negotiating with the EU. Due to the weak position of the then Government, he claimed the UK had not appreciated its position to negotiate an exit from the bloc. Lord Frost also claimed the UK had drifted into accepting the EU’s position that a backstop or Northern Ireland Protocol was essential in stopping the creation of a hard border on the island of Ireland. 

He said: “We had drifted into accepting the EU’s view that the only way to ensure no ‘hard border, including any physical infrastructure or related checks and controls’ was for the laws on either side of the border to be identical.”

As well as indicating the UK had not accepted its position to leaving the EU, he added: “It is only fair to point to the extreme weakness of the UK Government after the June 2017 election, both in Parliament and in the lack of consensus amongst its key members about how and perhaps even whether we should be exiting the EU at all. 

“When Boris Johnson returned, as Prime Minister, in July 2019, and I returned as Chief Negotiator for Brexit, we inherited that Parliamentary weakness too.

“Nevertheless, we were able to re-establish a clear purpose for the Government and to reset the balance on two crucial points.”

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EU chief warns Brexit Britain not to

EU chief Maros Sefcovic has warned Brexit Britain not to “embark on a path of confrontation” as tensions grow over fishing rights and the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Brussels’ Slovakian lead Brexit negotiator, Maros Sefcovic, 55, expressed his concerns over the growing tensions between the UK and EU in the Telegraph.

Writing in the Brexit-backing broadsheet, the former Vice President of the EU Commission said: “I am increasingly concerned that the UK Government will refuse to engage with this and embark on a path of confrontation.”

Mr Sefcovic’s comments come just before British negotiators head to Brussels to resume talks over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Lord Frost attacks Theresa May

In a furious outburst, Lord Frost claimed the UK had been left in a weak position under Theresa May. 

In part, due to this weakness, Lord Frost explained how the UK was forced into accepting an agreement on Northern Ireland which does not work for the country.

Writing for Policy Exchange, he said: “When Boris Johnson returned, as Prime Minister, in July 2019, and I returned as Chief Negotiator for Brexit, we inherited that Parliamentary weakness too.

“Nevertheless we were able to re-establish a clear purpose for the Government and to reset the balance on two crucial points.”

He concluded: “The thing it was designed to protect — the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.

“The insistence of the EU on treating these arrangements as like any other part of its customs and single market rules, without regard to the huge political, economic, and identity sensitivities involved, has destroyed cross-community consent well before the four-year mark.”

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