‘Mini trade war’ imminent? EU rejects the UK’s attempts to overhaul the Brexit deal

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‘Mini trade war’ imminent? EU rejects the UK’s attempts to overhaul the Brexit deal

The European Union rejected , a key tenet of the agreement that saw the U.K. leave the EU in 2020. U.K. Brexit Minister David Frost and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis on Wednesday set out a "command paper" urging European leaders to renegotiate the protocol, on the basis that it has turned out to be unworkable in practice. "We are ready to continue to seek creative solutions, within the framework of the Protocol, in the interest of all communities in Northern Ireland," the European Commission said in a statement late on Wednesday. "However, we will not agree to a renegotiation of the Protocol." The deal was negotiated and signed by the British government in 2019 and ratified by the British Parliament, but the government is now seeking to renege on its commitments due to the challenges arising from its implementation. The protocol, in principle, helps prevent customs checks and an effective land border between Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K., and the Republic of Ireland, which remains in the EU. However, it has led to port inspections on goods traveling between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, a development that has angered businesses and . This