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Among the offers is a “national identity” exemption for British sausages and other chilled meats from the European Union’s ban.
According to The Guardian, in a speech in Portugal on 12 October, Lord Frost will signal that the proposed measures are not enough to resolve the dispute between the two sides. The Telegraph writes, citing its sources, that Mr Frost will call for significant changes to the NIP, including the removal of the European Court of Justice from its role in overseeing the accord, which the official is expected to describe as a “red line” for Britain.
Apple of Discord
The deal, however, apparently only worked on paper. Since the UK officially left the EU, there have been major supply disruptions due to checks across the Irish border. This has led to tensions in Northern Ireland, with Unionists strongly opposing the NIP, which they say threatens Belfast’s membership in the UK.
Another issue is the delivery of sausages and other chilled meats to Northern Ireland. The European Union has its own rules about what can enter its market and only allows deliveries of frozen meat. Thus, although Northern Ireland is part of the UK, as a member of the European Union’s single market it can’t receive sausages and other products from the rest of Britain (England, Wales, and Scotland).
London has been asking Brussels to renegotiate the Northern Ireland Protocol, something which Brussels has vehemently refused to do, accusing the UK of reneging on its promises.