Brexit news live: EU will not renegotiate NI Protocol, Ursula von der Leyen says after Boris Johnson call

Brexit news live: EU will not renegotiate NI Protocol, Ursula von der Leyen says after Boris Johnson call

Brexit news live: EU will not renegotiate NI Protocol, Ursula von der Leyen says after Boris Johnson call Follow the latest updates from Westminster and beyond Ursula von der Leyen has announced the EU will not take up Boris Johnson’s offer to renegotiate the post-Brexit agreement on Northern Ireland, despite a phone call from the PM urging her to reconsider. The EU Commission president tweeted: “Boris Johnson called to present the UK Command paper on the Irish/Northern Irish Protocol. The EU will continue to be creative and flexible within the Protocol framework. But we will not renegotiate.” Following their conversation, a No 10 spokesperson said the PM explained to Ms Von der Leyen that the Protocol is “operationally unsustainable” and insisted she engage with solutions put forward by the UK. Asked about her refusal to comply, the spokesman said only that the government continued to want to be “constructive and collaborative” in a bid to mend the issues. It comes after business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng conceded earlier that ministers did not know the full extent of what the Protocol would …
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