Remoaner-in-Chief Major launches astonishing attack on David Frost: ‘Colossally stupid’

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As tensions remain high with the EU, he claimed triggering Article 16 would be “colossally stupid”. Speaking on Saturday, Sir John stated using Article 16 would do even further damage to relations with the EU, and indeed, the US. He concluded triggering the suspension of the deal would be a “dangerous road to go down”.

Sir John, who is a staunch Remainer, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think it would be colossally stupid to do that.

“To use Article 16, to suspended parts of the Protocol, would be absurd.

“This Protocol is being denounced week after week by Lord Frost and the Prime Minister.

“Who negotiated the wretched Protocol? Lord Frost and the Prime Minister.

“They negotiated it, they signed it, they now wish to break it.”

Lord Frost met Maros Sefcovic on Friday for talks regarding the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Prior to talks, he said using Article 16 remains “very much on the table” and later on Friday, claimed little progress had been made with EU officials.

Sir John added: “At the moment, we are negotiating over the Protocol with all the subtlety of a brick.

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“What is happening week after week is that Lord Frost goes into the negotiations, he gives away nothing, he takes something from the European Union, he goes away, blames them for the fact that nothing at all has happened.

“This is a very difficult and dangerous road to go down.

“It’s not just a question of trade difficulties.

“It could, we’ve seen what’s happened in Northern Ireland before, it could become much worse.

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“They should be very, very careful about this.”

Following talks on Friday, a UK Government spokesman added: “The EU’s proposals did not currently deal effectively with the fundamental difficulties in the way the Protocol was operating.”

Further talks will take place on November 12 but Mr Sefocvic claimed the response from the UK had been “disappointing”.

He added: “We have seen no move at all from the UK side.

“I found this disappointing and once again, I urge the UK Government to engage with us sincerely.”

Although the Government has claimed it will not hesitate in using Article 16, Brandon Lewis claimed the UK will look to find solutions.

The DUP has also called on the Protocol to be altered due to the harm it has caused to trade in Northern Ireland.

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