He says the Northern Ireland protocol, designed to avoid the need for a hard border on the island, “destroys the union” and “destroys Brexit”. He describes it as “the EU’s Trojan horse to place its bureaucrats, its policies and the influence of the European Court of Justice at the very heart of British governance”.
Writing for the Conservatives Global website, he said, “We will never be a sovereign nation while this protocol is in place. As a trade unionist I am appalled at its impact on the integrity of the UK …
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“It breaks the Act of Union which has the idea of a single British market at its heart… The EU has not only stepped in the door, it is still camping in the UK.
Urging Mr. Frost and his team to use their influence to take it down, he said: “There will never be a better opportunity. EU countries are on their knees due to the economic consequences of Covid.
“His negotiating strategy starts to crumble as national interests become more important [than] an EU-wide approach. David Frost appears to be a negotiator who genuinely believes in defending the interests of the UK, not appeasing the EU and the government can no longer be undermined by the Fifth Columnists in parliament.
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Former Brexit MEP Ben Habib is also dismayed at the prospect of the Northern Ireland Protocol coming into force, saying: “There is no example in the history of a country voluntarily putting a border in its middle, a part being in another jurisdiction. ”
Writing on the Brexit Watch website, he said: ‘Considering everything that has happened since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, it must now be absolutely certain that a rigged trade deal will be struck with the ‘EU that binds the rest of the UK. in EU laws and other stuff. All that apparently remains to be determined is the scale of the sale. ”
Meanwhile, the Center for Brexit Policy is alarmed that the government is still informing British companies about possibilities for EU funding with projects such as the European Defense Industrial Development Program.
Edgar Miller, senior advisor to the think tank, said: “Encouraging companies to solicit EU funds is either extremely naive or it shows that they are relinquishing control of UK defense policy to the UK. ‘EU. EU defense funding comes with too many strings attached. ”
Major General Julian Thompson, Chairman of Veterans for Britain, said: “It is very irresponsible of the government to encourage British companies to get tangled up in the new defense architecture of the EU. This suggests that they are ready to abandon our defense policy to the EU. It would be disastrous for the future security of Britain and potentially damaging to our industry.
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The Defense Ministry insists that it will not support any measure which could undermine sovereignty over the British armed forces, or lead to competition or duplication with NATO.
A spokesperson said: “The UK has sovereign and total control over its defense and intelligence services and will not adopt EU defense policy. Our current priority is to ensure that businesses are well prepared for the end of the transition period.
“It is up to individual companies to decide whether they choose to apply for EU funding during this period.”
A No 10 spokesperson insisted that the UK would meet the requirements of the Northern Ireland Protocol, saying: ‘We have made it clear that the UK must retain its sovereign right to design its own rules, in our best interest, without the constraints of following the EU. rules. We now want a relationship with the EU based on friendly cooperation between equal sovereigns.
“The UK will continue to honor its commitments and obligations under the Northern Ireland Protocol and will expect the EU to do the same.”