EXCLUSIVE UK to warn EU it may deviate from Brexit deal on N.Ireland -sources – Reuters UK

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EXCLUSIVE UK to warn EU it may deviate from Brexit deal on N.Ireland -sources – Reuters UK

UK prepares showdown with EU over N.IrelandUK to warn it may deviate from Brexit dealFrost says: Things have to changeFrost says: All options on the tableBRUSSELS/LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) - Britain will threaten this week to deviate from the Brexit deal unless the European Union shows more flexibility over Northern Ireland, one UK and three EU sources told Reuters, a move that could thrust the five-year Brexit divorce into tumult.Deviating from the deal's so-called Northern Ireland Protocol is a risky step: its aim was to prevent Brexit from disrupting the delicate peace brought to Northern Ireland by the U.S.-brokered 1998 agreement that ended three decades of sectarian conflict.Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who signed the 2020 Brexit deal, has been dismayed by the protocol which has imposed paperwork and checks that London says could prevent British food staples such as sausages going to Northern Ireland.David Frost, the British minister who leads Brexit negotiations, is preparing to announce a significant potential change on the protocol that could have far-reaching consequences for the relationship with the EU, one of the sources said.The plans are being worked on by Downing Street. Frost is due to update parliament on Wednesday about Northern Ireland and Brexit,