David Frost, the British cabinet minister in charge of relations with the European Union has warned that the current operation of the Northern Ireland protocol is not sustainable for long. And in a hint at further unilateral action, he said Britain would “continue to consider all our options”.
Mr Frost has spent two days in Northern Ireland meeting businesses in a number of sectors affected by the new arrangements, including manufacturing, food and drink, retail, aerospace and life sciences.
“It’s clear from my visit that the protocol is presenting significant challenges for many in Northern Ireland,” he said. “Businesses have gone to extraordinary efforts to make the current requirements work, but it is hard to see that the way the protocol is currently operating can be sustainable for long. We’re committed to working through the issues with the EU urgently and in good faith. I hope they will take a common sense, risk-based approach that enables us to agree a pragmatic way forward that substantially eases the burdens on Northern Ireland.”
“Solutions must be found rapidly in order to protect the Belfast Agreement in all its dimensions and to minimise disruption to the everyday lives of people in Northern Ireland – as the protocol itself requires. As the prime minister has made clear, we will continue to consider all our options in meeting our overriding responsibility for sustaining the peace and prosperity of everyone in Northern Ireland.”
TradeLens will be available in China through collaboration with China Unicom Digital Tech. “The industry has reached another important milestone with TradeLens now live in China, an economy at
the center of the world’s largest trade lanes.
Maersk customers need enhanced visibility more than ever to drive efficiency and resilience and they require digital solutions to handle trade documents to help reduce the disruptions created by the global pandemic. TradeLens will provide new tools to facilitate industry innovation and help our customers accelerate their digital agendas,” commented Caroline Wu, Managing Director of Greater China, A.P. Moller – Maersk.
The week has started. As always these days primarily online.
I have good and productive meetings today. Tomorrow is another day.