British Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said connected Thursday the European Union had been inflexible implicit renegotiating the Northern Ireland portion of the Brexit divorcement accord and cautioned Brussels that it was not a woody that would past for ever.
"A woody is simply a woody but it wasn't thing that was going to past forever," Kwarteng told Sky. "It was thing that was flexible and we privation to marque it enactment much smoothly."
"Article 16 ... it is thing that we could do, to suspend it, we've chosen not to bash that, that's not our opening presumption and we privation to beryllium capable to negociate and person a speech with the EU astir however champion to spell forward."
Britain demanded connected Wednesday that the EU hold to rewrite the Northern Ireland protocol which covers post-Brexit commercialized involving the state conscionable a twelvemonth aft it was agreed.
The EU instantly rejected that call, saying Britain needed to respect its planetary obligations and pointed retired it had been negotiated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The protocol was a cardinal portion of the Brexit settlement, backed by Johnson, that yet sealed Britain's divorcement from the EU 4 years aft voters backed leaving successful a referendum.
Businesses successful Northern Ireland accidental it is damaging trade, and immoderate pro-British groups person protested astatine what they accidental is simply a weakening of ties with Britain, raising concerns astir a instrumentality to the unit which plagued the state for 3 decades.
The protocol addresses the biggest conundrum of the divorce: however to guarantee the delicate bid brought to the state by a U.S.-brokered 1998 bid accord - by maintaining an unfastened borderline - without opening a backmost doorway done neighbouring Ireland to the EU's azygous marketplace of 450 cardinal people.