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Amid the issues caused by the Northern Ireland protocol, one EU official revealed on Monday Brussels knew the Brexit deal signed last December would cause “practical problems” for the UK. Following his comments, Ben Judah, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, lashed out at the EU’s stance due to the importance of maintaining the Good Friday Principle. In response, he said: “Deeply irresponsible EU attitude towards Northern Ireland give how tangled up implementation is with the Good Friday principle of ‘parity of esteem’ and the need to have a long-term solution welcomed by both sides.

“It’s not just a UK trade issue.”

Speaking to Channel 4 News, the EU official said: “We knew that the red line the UK drew in the negotiations of the TCA would create a series of practical problems.”

Lord David Frost has conducted several rounds of intensive talks in an attempt to resolve the issues surrounding Northern Ireland. 

The Brexit minister has called on the role of the European Court of Justice to be removed, an agreement on medicine supplies and a revised strategy for customs checks. 

Lord Frost has warned the UK will trigger Article 16 of the protocol if a resolution is not found. 

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    The UK Government is moving a step closer towards the trade agreement with individual American states and is all set to restart the conversation with Washington on a broader federal deal, an MP announced on Monday.

    The UK Secretary of State for International Trade revealed discussions are currently underway Stateside.

    Speaking to Bloomberg Television, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, 52, said: “One of my ministers, Penny Mordaunt, is presently in California, having exactly those conversations and she’ll be also visiting Georgia and Tennessee, South Carolina, and Oklahoma.”

    Negotiations for a post-Brexit trade deal with the US began under the Donald Trump administration, but formal negotiations have not continued under Joe Biden.

    EU savaged for Northern Ireland comments

    The EU has been criticised by a political expert after one Brussel official claimed the bloc knew the Northern Ireland protocol would spark issues for the UK. 

    Speaking to Channel 4 News, the EU official said: “We knew that the red line the UK drew in the negotiations of the TCA would create a series of practical problems.

    “We don’t think it’s our role now every time a problem does come up, which creates political difficulties for the UK, to start trying to solve the UK’s problem on its behalf.”

    In response, Ben Judah, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council said: “Deeply irresponsible EU attitude towards Northern Ireland give how tangled up implementation is with the Good Friday principle of ‘parity of esteem’ and the need to have a long-term solution welcomed by both sides.”

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