Speaking afterwards Sir Jeffrey said,
“My message was simple. The Protocol has not worked. Even those who supported its rigourous implementation recognise that.
The barriers and distortion to trade within the U.K. internal market brought about by it must be swept away and not replaced.
We have pressed the UK Government to that end Both the Government and the EU must now re-negotiate.
If the EU is unwilling to recognise the harm caused by the Protocol then the U.K. Government must take appropriate unilateral action using Article 16.
Subjecting NI to laws and regulations upon which its representatives and Westminster has no say can never work and does not have the support of both communities.”