UK insists EU is overreacting but Europe is not convinced and is looking to Westminster for answers

If Lord Frost were seeking to put a marker down on how he would engage with the EU, it wasn’t necessary. His robust style is well appreciated in Brussels after a tumultuous year of trade and security talks, including the first attempt to break international law by violating the terms of the withdrawal agreement through the infamous internal market bill.

There is then some confusion in Brussels and Dublin at Wednesday’s announcement about trade at the border between Northern Ireland, which in effect remains in the single market for goods, with the rest of the UK firmly outside.

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