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The UK and EU are about to commence on a renegotiation of the Northern Ireland Protocol today after the bloc finally agreed to amend the trading situation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Boris Johnson’s former chief advisor Dominic Cummings has emerged to offer his version of events regarding what went down in Number 10 during the Brexit negotiating period.
The EU is due to unveil what it has called “very far-reaching proposals” to end the ongoing fight over the Northern Ireland Protocol, which requires checks on goods being transported across the Irish Sea.
The EU is proposing to slash up to 50 percent of checks on goods and more than half the checks on plants and meats entering Northern Ireland.
Maroš Šefčovič, the EU’s Brexit commissioner, will say the proposals are not being tabled on a “take it or leave it” basis and emphasise a recognition that the protocol has not worked adequately.
Mr Cummings has been outspoken since leaving his post at the latter end of 2020, bashing the Prime Minister for mistakes made in the coronavirus crisis and during Brexit negotiations.
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Mr Johnson did not understand the Customs Union
The former advisor blasted Mr Johnson and the Government in a series of tweets on Tuesday evening, including claiming the Prime Minister did not even understand what leaving the Customs Union meant.
Mr Cummings tweeted: “What I’ve said does NOT mean ‘the PM was lying in GE2019’, he never had a scoobydoo what the deal he signed meant.
“He never understood what leaving Customs Union meant until 11/20.
“In 11/20 he was babbling ‘I’d never have signed it if I’d understood it’ (but that WAS a lie)”.
Parts of the deal were always meant to be ditched
Last night Mr Cummings, who was Mr Johnson’s chief adviser when the protocol was negotiated in 2019, posted a series of tweets saying Number 10 always intended to ditch parts of the agreement regardless.
Mr Cummings said the Brexit deal had been a way to “whack [Jeremy] Corbyn”, and “of course” the government should be allowed to “sometimes break deals… like every other state does”.
Mr Cummings tweeted: “Shd we generally stick to deals? Of course. Sometimes break them? Of course.
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“Just like the EU, US, China and every other state does. International diplomacy cannot be judged by the standards of a student duel, and lawyers are hired help not the masters.”
Multiple politicians in the UK and Ireland have condemned the information Mr Cummings revealed, saying the Prime Minister and Government negotiated the deal in bad faith.
Gavin Barwelll, Theresa May’s chief of staff, tweeted: “Dominic Cummings admits David Frost agreed the Northern Ireland Protocol in bad faith (although he says the Prime Minister wasn’t in on it).
“Honest, though unlikely to help David in the negotiations to come.”
Leo Vadradkar, who was Ireland’ Taoiseach at the time the protocol was negotiated, branded the revelations “very alarming”.
He said: “I saw those comments; I hope Dominic Cummings is speaking for himself and not for the British Government”
“But those comments are very alarming because that would indicate that this is a Government, an administration, that acted in bad faith and that message needs to be heard around the world.
“If the British Government doesn’t honour its agreements, it doesn’t adhere to treaties it signs, that must apply to everyone else too.
“At the moment they’re going around the world, they’re trying to negotiate new trade agreements… Surely the message must go out to all countries around the world that this is a British Government that doesn’t necessarily keep its word and doesn’t necessarily honour the agreements it makes.
“And you shouldn’t make any agreements with them until such time as you’re confident that they keep their promises, and honour things, for example, like the protocol.”
The deal was agreed for the election
Mr Cummings further lampooned the Government, saying the Tories agreed to the Brexit deal to provide a shot of clear victory at the 2019 election.
He said: “We took over a party on ~10%, worst constitutional crisis in century, much of deep state angling for BINO [Brexit in name only] or 2REF [a second referendum].
“So we wriggled thro[ugh] with best option we cd & intended to get the [trolley emoji – a reference to Boris Johnson] to ditch bits we didn’t like after whacking Corbyn. We prioritised.”
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