Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021

‘Nobody forced the British!’ Loiseau hits out at Frost’s demands to rip up Brexit protocol

Brexit: UK 'not forced to sign agreement' says Loiseau

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French MEP Nathalie Loiseau argued against any changes to the Northern Ireland protocol and the already agreed Brexit withdrawal agreement. While speaking on BBC’s Today Programme, she took aim at Brexit negotiator Lord David Frost, who has argued against the EU’s interpretation of the Northern Ireland protocol. She said the EU were very clear that the Northern Ireland protocol could not be scrapped. 

She added that nobody forced the UK to sign the withdrawal agreement and agree to the Northern Ireland protocol and it was not fair to back out of it now. 

Today host Mishal Husain said: “So if you want out of the European Court of Justice you have to want out for Northern Ireland of its special status in relation to the European Single Market?”

Ms Loiseau said: “It means that you tear up the Northern Ireland Protocol and it is part of the withdrawal agreement and we cannot agree on that.

“We were very clear from the very beginning, nobody forced the British Government to sign the Withdrawal agreement.”

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Ms Loiseau was also asked how she felt the ongoing row was going to end.

She replied: “I sincerely hope that the British Government will take time to look at the proposal put forward by the European Commission.

“This is because it fixes problems, I am wondering who is a problem solver and who is a trouble maker.

“We are serious, I never heard people in Northern Ireland saying that it was terrible that there was a rule for the European Court of Justice. “

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