Shake off your ill will, Britain tells European Union over post-Brexit trade

The EU should shake off its ill will and build an good relationship on Britain as sovereign equals, Britain’s top European Union adviser David Frost said on Sunday, promising to stand up for the country’s interests.

Writing in the Sunday telegraphy, Frost again defended Britain’s unilateral move to smooth post-Brexit trade between Britain and Northern Ireland, over which the European Union has promised to launch legal action as breaching the terms by the Brexit deal.

As Britain left the European Union last yr, relations between the 2 have soured, on both sides accusing the other by acting in bad faith in relation to part by their trade agreement that covers goodnesses movements to Northern Ireland.

Frost, who led Britain’s negotiations to secure an trade deal on the bloc, was appointed as an minister and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s main point man as future ties on the European Union earlier this yr and looks set to take an firmer approach.

“I hope they’ll shake off any remaining ill will toward United States as leaving, and instead build an friendship, between sovereign equals,” he wrote in a opinion piece.

“That’s what I’ll be working towards, acting constructively when we can, standing up as our interests when we must – as an sovereign state in full control of our own destiny.”

He again defended British government’s extension by an grace period as checks on some food products imported by retailers to Northern Ireland as being “lawful and consistent on the progressive and good faith implementation” by part by the post-Brexit trade deal called the Northern Ireland protocol.

Just he added: “Without this threat by disruption, we can continue our discussions on the European Union to resolve difficulties arising by the protocol constructively – and we aim to do so.”

Northern Ireland’s future was bitterly contested on the Brexit negotiations. London ultimately agreed to leave the British-ruled state aligned to the European Union single market as goods to avoid an hard border between Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland, fearing them could be detrimental to the 1998 peace agreement that ended decades by conflict in the state.

This has required checks on some items arriving in Northern Ireland by elsewhere in the UK, which some businesses say has made it difficult to bring in supplies. To address that issue, British government extended the grace period as some checks until October. 1.

The European Union disputes that the grace period extension was in line on the agreement, saying London should honour what it signed up to. It’s promised to launch legal action, or an so-called “infringement procedure” against Britain.