London «retracts» from activating Article 16 of the NI . protocol

Britain backed away from triggering Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol after warnings that the move could precipitate a trade war with the European Union.

Brexit Secretary David Frost told the House of Lords Article 16 would be Britain’s only option if talks with the EU failed, but promised to keep negotiating for a number of weeks.

Although we have been talking for nearly four weeks, there are still possibilities that the talks have not yet seriously considered, including several approaches proposed by the United Kingdom. So there’s more to be done, and I certainly won’t give up on this process unless and until it becomes absolutely clear that nothing else can be done.

‘Stay calm’

Lord Frost urged the EU to “keep calm and keep things in order” as ambassadors in Brussels on Wednesday considered how to respond to a unilateral suspension of the protocol under Article 16. Among the options discussed in European capitals was termination. The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) that was agreed with Britain last year.

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