David Frost admits Brexit has caused “too many problems” for businesses to trade with Northern Ireland
David Frost says he understands why companies are dropping trade with Northern Ireland because his Brexit deal created “too many problems” to continue.
The negotiator of the deal – which created a border in the Irish Sea – admitted that he had not fully foreseen the “chilling effect” of the new punitive bureaucracy for small businesses facing higher costs. high.
There are “companies in Britain who decide it’s too complicated, reasonably enough – can’t bother to engage in the process,” Lord Frost admitted.
“They are often SMEs [small and medium-sized enterprises] and micro-enterprises. Dealing with this is an important call on their time and they decide it just isn’t worth it, ”he said during a parliamentary inquiry.
“This is why you are seeing some of the trade diversion and supply chain issues to Northern Ireland that we are seeing.”
The admission came before Lord Frost unveiled a new “approach” to the Northern Ireland protocol next week, sparking new tensions with the EU.
The government insists that the recent three-month truce on the sale of chilled meats and the availability of medicines has failed to resolve the crisis caused by the Protocol.
Brussels has been accused of persistent ‘intransigence’ in the ongoing talks and of a ‘lack of understanding of sensitivities in Northern Ireland’.