Ireland: UK showing ‘no generosity at all’ in protocol row

Coveney responded to an op-ed by Britain’s chief negotiator David Frost and London’s Northern secretary Brandon Lewis in The Irish Times. [EPA-EFE/FILIP SINGER]

The UK is showing “no generosity at all” to the EU in a deepening row over the Northern Ireland protocol, said Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney in response to an op-ed by Britain’s chief negotiator David Frost and London’s Northern secretary Brandon Lewis in The Irish Times.

“This is a week when the EU has moved, has shown generosity, responded to requests from the British government and leaders in Northern Ireland, and at the same time the British government shows no generosity at all in terms of even acknowledging that there were advances this week that could build trust and relationships,” he told RTE this week.

“The truth here is that the only side that has shown flexibility in the context of the protocol, in regard to negotiations since the start of the year, has been the EU,” he added in reference to the EU extending a grace period for the movement of chilled meats into Northern Ireland from the UK as well as making changes to allow animals and medicines move freely into the region.

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