Article 16 ‘warning sign’ — scheme goes into’reverse’ as MPs turn against Boris.

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Article 16 ‘warning sign’ — scheme goes into’reverse’ as MPs turn against Boris.

According to a former Government aide, support for Article 16 has waned as a number of MPs have turned against Boris Johnson over his intentions.

An EU specialist, Mujtaba Rahman, came to Twitter to explain how things were going backwards with support for the Prime Minister’s ambitions with Article 16.

“Article 16 needs to be done from a position of strength,” he remarked, referring to a Conservative MP who argued, “but Boris is suddenly in a much weaker state.”

“When he was on a high, he could have done it at Conference.”

“Everyone in the party would have rallied around him.”

“It now appears to be a desperate diversionary strategy.”

“Momentum for Article 16 has faded,” he added.

“If anything, it’s backwards now.”

“In the new year, Johnson and Frost are going to call it.”

“On January 1st, see where the negotiations and land are.”

Michael Gove is “sure” that progress may be made in the Northern Ireland Protocol discussions with the EU.

On Friday, the cabinet minister discussed the “positive approach” being taken to the negotiations.

“While it’s always possible that Article 16 will need to be triggered,” Mr Gove added, “we’re hopeful that we’ll be able to make progress without it.”

“There’s a shared agreement that the protocol’s operation on the ground needs to be altered,” he continued.

“I hope that we will not need to invoke Article 16 for reasons that will be obvious, but we reserve the right to do so if we consider that necessary adjustments have not been made on the ground in Northern Ireland.”

According to a former Government aide, support for Article 16 has waned as a number of MPs have turned against Boris Johnson over his intentions.

An EU specialist, Mujtaba Rahman, came to Twitter to explain how things were going backwards with support for the Prime Minister’s ambitions with Article 16.

“Article 16 needs to be done from a position of strength,” he remarked, referring to a Conservative MP who argued, “but Boris is suddenly in a much weaker state.”

“When he was on a high, he could have done it at Conference.”

“Everyone in the party would have rallied around him.”

“It now appears to be a desperate diversionary strategy.”

“Momentum for Article 16 has faded,” he added.

“If anything, it’s backwards now.”

“Brinkwire Summary News,” by Johnson.

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