This coming week, during a speech in Lisbon, Lord Frost will repeat the need for significant changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol.
- There is widespread consensus that the Northern Ireland Protocol is not working as it should, and no one should be in any doubt about the seriousness of the situation.
- That is why the UK government is working to fix this and to reflect the concerns of everyone in Northern Ireland, from all sides of the political spectrum, to make sure the peace process is not undermined, and why Britain is calling on the EU to show ambition and willingness to tackle the fundamental issues at the heart of the Protocol head on.
- The UK government is ready to work intensively and rapidly to find a solution to this problem, and in doing so we hope for a stronger UK-EU relationship with a focus on the future. However, if we are unable to reach agreement then Britain has warned that it may be necessary to take Article 16 safeguard measures to address the serious problems being caused by the Protocol.