Leading attorneys have given Frost’s quest to pull up the loathed EU pact the green light.
Lawyers who claimed that parts of the Brexit deal needed to be altered have backed David Frost’s efforts to seek significant modifications.
Lord Frost’s opinion that portions of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement should be changed was endorsed by George Peretz QC of Monckton Chambers and James Webber of Shearman & Sterling in a paper.
The two argue that article 10 of the agreement, which deals with state funding, may need to be changed. The government claims that this clause needs to be modified, and the EU should take these adjustments into account, according to the pair.
“Whatever perspective the EU may have of the UK government’s general approach towards the protocol, whether in the command paper or more broadly, its specific suggestions on article 10 should, in our view, be treated seriously,” the pair wrote in a paper published on Thursday.
Lord Frost and Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis issued a command paper on the Northern Ireland protocol in July.
The pair claimed in the command paper that the provisions stipulated in article 10 were now “redundant.”
Article 10 refers to state aid and compels the UK to refer certain state subsidy decisions to Brussels.
It’s unclear whether the two sides will reconsider the agreement after the command paper is published.
“We are optimistic that the EU recognizes the necessity of not worsening this situation,” one insider told the Financial Times.
“However, whether they are willing to engage meaningfully on article 10 remains to be seen.”
“Now that the UK and EU have worked out shared principles of subsidy control in the [trade and cooperation agreement], it makes sense to reassess article 10 to guarantee common regulations across the UK that match with the larger agreed UK-EU relationship,” a UK government official said.
According to sources, Boris Johnson is ready to announce a raise in National Insurance (NI) in order to address the social care problem and reduce NHS waiting times.
The decision would violate his vow in his 2019 manifesto to maintain the same rates for NI contributions, resulting in an increase in taxation for nearly 25 million people.
However, the Prime Minister and his Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, are still at odds over how much of an increase there should be.
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