Frost repeats threat to trigger article 16 but says agreement is possible

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Process of negotiation to avoid trade war over Northern Ireland protocol has not ended, Brexit minister tells Lords

The Brexit minister, David Frost, has underlined the UK’s threat to suspend its deal with the EU, while saying that talks with Brussels to avoid a possible descent into a mutual trade war over the Northern Ireland protocol could yet come to an agreement.

Making a statement to the House of Lords, Frost gave no new details of the government’s plans over the rumbling row, but did offer some bellicose words for the EU, which has threatened retaliation if the UK triggers article 16 to suspend the protocol.

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