Brexit LIVE: Urgent action needed! Boris told to tear up hated deal before Frost talks

BBC has ‘secret Brexiteers’ says Baroness Fox

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DUP leader, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, warned political institutions in Northern Ireland can only retain support if “swift and decisive action” is taken by the Prime Minister and his Cabinet over the hated Protocol. In a statement issued on Tuesday, Sir Jeffrey said: “Six months ago, the Government recognised that the political, economic and societal damage being caused to Northern Ireland and its people by the Protocol had resulted in the conditions for triggering Article 16 being met.”

He continued: “The Irish Sea Border must be removed and Northern Ireland’s place within the Internal Market of the United Kingdom fully restored, so that the political institutions can continue to operate.

“The Government must now act immediately to signal its intent to honour the commitments made both in New Decade, New Approach and in their Command Paper.”

The Northern Ireland Protocol – agreed in the Brexit deal – is designed to avoid customs checks along the Irish border.

The British Government has demanded the terms of the protocol be renegotiated to ensure economic and social frictions developing in Northern Ireland are resolved.

However, due to a “grace period”, controls have not yet been imposed on the movement of products.

The grace period was expected to expire in January but the UK Government has indefinitely extended it.

Lord Frost is expected to meet with the European Commission vice president Maroš Šefčovič, on Friday to continue discussions over the implementation of the Protocol.

Last week, Lord Frost said that “significant” gaps still remain following his latest talks with the European Commission on the impasse over the Northern Ireland Protocol.


UK to delay changes to post-Brexit chemical safety rules until 2025

Environment Secretary George Eustice, 50, revealed the UK could delay the changes made to the nation’s chemical safety rules in a letter to the Chemical Industries Association.

The letter comes after the UK’s chemical industry demanded the Government rethink its plans to establish a safety database, which has been estimated could cost businesses up to £1billion.

Mr Eustice said: “It will take time to fully explore an alternative registration model and, if we want to proceed with it, to develop and pass the necessary legislation.

“We intend to consult separately on extending the deadlines for the full registration data to provide time for this work.

“Subject to that consultation, we are currently minded to extend the October 27, 2023 deadline to October 27, 2025.”

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