This comes at a time when there is a disagreement between Britain and the European Union over the Protocol. The Protocol, according to EU negotiator Maro Sefcovic, who spoke to UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on Thursday, cannot be changed.
Unless Brussels changes course on border checks in Northern Ireland over the next 72 hours, the government would “have no choice but to act” and rip up the Protocol, as Truss warned.
He recommended Boris Johnson to demonstrate “leadership” by continuing discussions rather than tearing up the Protocol meant to safeguard the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and maintain the border, as did President Biden.
According to a White House spokesperson: “The best path forward is a pragmatic one that requires courage, co-operationand leadership.”
“We urge the parties to continue engaging in a dialogue to resolve differences and bring negotiations to a successful conclusion.”
According to The Guardian, prominent US congress leaders are scheduled to go to London in an effort to defuse the situation.
In the Telegraph Lord Frost said: “The Government has no option now other than to act unilaterally to disapply part or all of the Protocol.”
There is “imminent threat” to our capacity to govern Northern Ireland and preserve its people’s economic, commercial, and security interests, he said of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.
Lord Frost slammed President Biden’s speech to the Heritage Foundation, in which he said that his administration didn’t understand how complicated Northern Ireland was.
He remarked that: “I know the administration is looking at this very closely. I’m not convinced the niceties are well understood.”
“I get slightly frustrated when we are told by a third party, albeit a very important one in this context, how to manage these issues.”
The Former Brexit negotiator went on to say: “It is our country that faced terrorism, faced the Troubles. I am old enough to remember having to check under my car every morning, as a diplomat, before I went to work.”
“Most people were very affected in one way or another by this.”
“So we don’t need lectures from others about the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement. We are well aware of this, and nobody wants to go back to it.”
He ended: “In the end it has got to be our judgement about what is needed to preserve that agreement and preserve the unity of the country and the consent of everybody in Northern Ireland for these arrangements.”
On Monday, the Prime Minister is expected to make a statement about the state of talks surrounding Northern Ireland.