Lord Frost to put foot down about ‘no contact with EU’ in crunch talks with SNP

Lord Frost provides update on Northern Ireland protocol

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Express.co.uk has learnt Lord Frost will meet Scotland’s External Affairs Secretary Angus Robertson tomorrow after the Scottish Government claimed UK ministers Brexit strategy was significantly impacting Scotland and its future trade opportunities. This publication understands Lord Frost will also use the meeting to make clear to the SNP led administration in Edinburgh that they should keep the UK Government involved and informed in all contact with EU institutions.

Whitehall sources said Lord Frost prefers that SNP ministers should have “no direct contact with the EU” without consultation first. 

However, Edinburgh is concerned over plans regarding Lord Frost plans to renegotiate the Northern Ireland Protocol, which he set out in a Command Paper last month. 

SNP ministers will urge Lord Frost to explain what the rationale is behind the UK Government’s new strategy, which has been “risky” and “potentially provocative”. 

The Protocol, part of the Brexit divorce deal agreed by the UK and Brussels, effectively keeps Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market for goods.

This means checks on goods being sent from Great Britain into the single market – and in some cases could result in prohibitions on certain products that do not comply with EU rules.

Tense negotiations are ongoing to resolve the post-Brexit trading issues between the UK and the EU and both sides discussing the Command Paper on a regular basis. 

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