Brexit minister Lord Frost is to set out Britain’s demands for changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol this afternoon amid a stand-off with the EU.
In a speech to the diplomatic community in Lisbon, Lord Frost is expected to warn the protocol cannot survive without fundamental reform.
It comes a day before the EU is due to reveal its plans to resolve issues with the protocol, which has led to the creation of economic barriers between Northern Ireland and Britain.
The protocol is intended to ensure the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic stays open while protecting the single market, which Northern Ireland remains a part of.
However, the need for checks on goods crossing to Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK has led to growing tensions both within Northern Ireland and between London and Brussels.
The EU plan is likely to include a proposal that chilled meats can continue crossing the Irish Sea after the end of current grace periods, in a move to alleviate the so-called ‘sausage wars’.
Lord Frost is expected to argue the changes need to go much further if there is to be a sustainable solution.
Before he has even delivered his speech, he has been accused by the Irish Government of creating a “red line” barrier to progress in resolving the dispute over post-Brexit trading arrangements.
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said Lord Frost was setting demands he knew the EU could not move on and questioned whether the UK really wanted to agree a way forward.
We’ll bring you live coverage of Lord Frost’s speech below. He is expected to start speaking at 3.30pm.