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Following Lord David Frost’s request to renegotiate the Brexit deal this week, the French President’s ally and EU minister, Clement Beaune refused to change the Northern Ireland protocol. Mr Beaune instead, criticised the UK and demanded Westminster respect its own commitments. He said: “The European Union has dedicated days and nights for the past five years to find pragmatic solutions with the United Kingdom.

“The narrative of a rigid and dogmatic Europe is a tall tale.

“We have been working for months to make the protocol requested by the British government and voted by the British parliament work,” he said.

“We can still work on practical solutions, but not empty the protocol of its substance or renegotiate it.

“How could we renegotiate with a partner that cannot respect its own commitments?”

On Wednesday, Lord Frost called for a temporary standstill to checks on goods moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 

He also called for the removal of the role of the European Court of Justice, increased fines for goods moving between Northern Ireland and Ireland and increased data-sharing arrangements. 

The Prime Minister held calls with both Ursula von der Leyen and Angele Merkel to illustrate the issues with the protocol. 

Both, however, insisted the protocol cannot be changed. 

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Emmanuel Macron’s ally Clement Beaune has demanded the UK respect its commitments following Westminster’s proposal to renegotiate the Brexit deal. 

He said: “The European Union has dedicated days and nights for the past five years to find pragmatic solutions with the United Kingdom.

“The narrative of a rigid and dogmatic Europe is a tall tale.

“We have been working for months to make the protocol requested by the British government and voted by the British parliament work.

“We can still work on practical solutions, but not empty the protocol of its substance or renegotiate it.

“How could we renegotiate with a partner that cannot respect its own commitments?”

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