‘EU will keep laughing at us’ if UK fails to put end to Brexit deal review talks now

Lord Moylan says EU will be 'laughing' at us over trade

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The Brexit supporting peer called for the UK Government to trigger Article 16 and walk away from talks with the European Union, during a discussion with Julia Hartley-Brewer on TalkRADIO. He argued the current Brexit deal was not working and described the issue of the Northern Ireland protocol as being “about democracy and the integrity of the UK.”

Lord Moylan told TalkRADIO “Well, I think the first thing to say is yes, you can renegotiate it if it’s not working.

“Even though it might only have been in place for a short time, if it’s already clear, it’s not working.

“But of course, you’re entitled to renegotiate it and sensible adults would do that.

“The second thing to say is that this isn’t fundamentally about trade it’s fundamentally in my view, about democracy, and about the integrity of the United Kingdom.

“Even if we did take some small hit two trade as a result of punitive measures that the European Union keeps threatening against us, and they can do it again this morning for invoking Article 16, even if they did, I think we would have to live with that,” Lord Moylan continued.

“As with the other hits to trade that Brexit promised yes, of course, there is some disruption of trade in the short term as people change their trading patterns, but they’ve turned out to be very much smaller than people expected and I think that will continue to be the case. 

“The key question is, are you going to have part of the United Kingdom with no consultation, against its will, with no representation in any Parliament being made subject to the laws of a foreign power, with no say, and incapable of trading freely with the rest of the country?

“That isn’t a sustainable position for any country and we should be saying very clearly, I think we have said clearly that that’s the case and we need to do something about it now.

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“If we carry on footling about then I’m afraid the Europeans will continue laughing at us,” he added.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has reiterated the Government’s threat to suspend elements of the protocol – by triggering its Article 16 mechanism – if a negotiated settlement with the EU proves elusive.

“When I see Maros Sefcovic this week for our first face-to-face talks, I’ll be putting forward our constructive proposals to resolve the situation,” Ms Truss said in the Sunday Telegraph.

“I am prepared to work night and day to negotiate a solution.

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“But let me be clear: I will not sign up to anything which sees the people of Northern Ireland unable to benefit from the same decisions on taxation and spending as the rest of the UK, or which still sees goods moving within our own country being subject to checks.

“My priority is to protect peace and stability in Northern Ireland,” she added.

“I want a negotiated solution, but if we have to use legitimate provisions including Article 16, I am willing to do that.”

she had insisted she will not sign up to any arrangement that involved checks on goods moving within the UK, checks on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland are the focus of critics of the protocol. 

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