UK’s Northern Ireland protocol demands sap Brussels’ goodwill

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Analysis: EU flatly rejects rewrite call as command paper finds fault with everyone except Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson became prime minister two years ago this week and later won an election promising to “get Brexit done”.

On Wednesday his minister in charge of EU relations, David Frost, set out plans to rework a central part of the withdrawal agreement the pair negotiated and agreed with Brussels. “The difficulties we have in operating the Northern Ireland protocol are now the main obstacle” to a good relationship with the EU, Frost told the House of Lords. He regretted that the relationship was “punctuated with legal challenges” and “characterised by disagreement and mistrust”.

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