7/ “In the second track they're looking at things like further infringement [legal] proceedings, arbitration mechanisms, and cross retaliation into the [EU UK] Trade and Cooperation Agreement. There's a sort of a hierarchy that gets more and more serious,” the diplomat said.
9/ The preparations come against the backdrop of simmering tensions between London and Brussels over the Protocol, and a contested version of events surrounding British prime minister Boris Johnson’s meeting with US president Joe Biden in Washington this week.
11/ A meeting of the EU UK Specialised Committee, which manages the technical aspects of the Protocol, is taking place in Brussels today. On Twitter yesterday Lord Frost said: “The Protocol is clearly having a continued negative effect on everyday life & business in NI
13/ The Command Paper has called for sweeping changes to the Protocol, which the EU regards as an unacceptable renegotiation. Officials say Mr Sefcovic will bring forward proposals on customs, agrifood checks, medicines and an enhanced role for Stormont after the Tory party conf
15/ “The British are indicating that it's not just the substance of these proposals that is important,” says a diplomat. “It's also the way in which they emerge. Basically, the British are saying this won’t work unless these proposals have an element of shared ownership.”
16/ Sh the UK trigger Article 16, it’s understood there would be strong push back by Brussels against any notion that a suspension of the goods provisions of the Protocol wd mean the obligation to control products entering the single market shifting back to the Irish land border.