Lucinda Creighton: Britain’s underhand tactics are the actions of a despotic nation

The behaviour of David Frost in the EU talks has led to Britain again breaching its obligations, with severe implications for Northern Ireland

5th March, 2021
Lucinda Creighton: Britain’s underhand tactics are the actions of a despotic nation
David Frost looks on as Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson signs the Brexit trade deal on December 30 last year. The UK has twice since breached its obligations under the agreement. Photo: Getty

The weeks following the threat of the European Commission to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol were politically fraught. The move would have effectively involved creating a hard border in Ireland in an attempt to prevent vaccines being siphoned out of the EU into the UK and elsewhere.

The acute differences between the two main political parties in the North were heightened. London was angry and threatened to dispense with the protocol altogether. The...

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