Speaking in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, Lord Frost called on EU leaders to effectively break the Northern Ireland Treaty, which he had negotiated two years earlier and replaced with a new one.
And he warned that Britain’s “bad” relations with its European neighbors would not improve unless Brussels acted on Britain’s wishes.
“The European Union and we have deteriorated somewhat with a low balance,” he said.
Lord Frost’s long-awaited speech expressed regret over the EU’s treatment of Britain, as well as an explanation of the long-standing concerns over the agreement that he had personally expressed.
The extraordinary speech came just 24 hours before the EU unveiled its proposals to fix the situation in Northern Ireland, which Brussels claims would be “far-reaching”. The current protocol has hampered trade across the Irish Sea and has led to a shortage of some supplies from the UK.
Lord Frost’s language will do little to disappoint observers in EU capitals who believe that Britain is deliberately trying to torpedo EU relations, possibly for the country’s political gain. They include Irish Foreign Minister Simon Cowney, who warned this weekend that Britain wanted to be an engineer in “further deterioration of relations”.
But Britain’s Brigadier General told his audience: “From our point of view, we look to the European Union and not always to an organization that seems to want to work together.”
Referring to vaccines, threats to energy supply and the EU’s ban on shellfish, he said: “Overall, we continue to face common allegations that cannot be trusted and Not international actors. ”
Asked why the UK should be trusted as an international partner when it was rigorously negotiating and enforcing an agreement just ten months ago, Lord Frost said with a smile: “We are always good. Sign agreements with intent and intend to implement them. ”
Lord Frost reiterated the concerns he had previously expressed about the implications of the protocol, which he described as “disruptive”, “serious commotion” and “harm to large and small businesses.” “Limited trade.
And he said the alleged problems with the agreement he made showed that “we were fine” – claiming that he had privately expressed concerns about the agreement that he had made public. Presented was a success.
Defending Bridget, he added: “To suggest that there is something wrong with the people is to do things for themselves is somewhat undeniable, even an insult to the British people and our democracy.
After the speech, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs and Northern Ireland spokesman Alastair Carmichael called the government’s approach “a badly written joke.”
He said that the same minister who was announcing the Bridgett agreement on behalf of the government only a few months ago now says that it is intolerable and needs to be changed.
“All the hustle and bustle British businesses have faced and faced all these challenges, they need reassurance and support from the government, not the most meaningless position. To work together, not to fight unnecessarily.
“Boris Johnson’s Conservatives will have to stop talking about breaking international law by chance. Whenever they do, it weakens Britain’s position with our immediate neighbors and the world.
Baroness Chapman, Shadow Brigade Minister for Labor, said the government had failed to reach the occasion with maturity and co-operation.
“Lord Frost has effectively called for an end to the agreement he negotiated – and signed by the prime minister – just two years ago,” he said.
For months, Labor has been urging the government to abandon rhetoric and implement the Northern Ireland Protocol for businesses and consumers on both sides of the Irish Sea.
“Unlike moving beyond Brexit, the senior Tories appear reluctant to use the quarrel with Brussels to divert attention from their domestic failures – whether on the cove, the energy crisis, or the unnecessary death of thousands of pigs. ۔ ”
He said the UK should enter into a veterinary agreement with the European Union for free movement of goods in Northern Ireland and accept the offer of a visa waiver for creative industry workers.