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LONDON (Reuters) – The European Union ought to shake off its ailing will and construct a very good relationship with Britain as sovereign equals, Britain’s high EU adviser David Frost stated on Sunday, promising to face up for the nation’s pursuits.

Writing within the Sunday Telegraph, Frost once more defended Britain’s unilateral transfer to clean post-Brexit commerce between Britain and Northern Eire, over which the EU has promised to launch authorized motion for breaching the phrases of the Brexit deal.

Since Britain left the EU final yr, relations between the 2 have soured, with either side accusing the opposite of performing in unhealthy religion in relation to a part of their commerce settlement that covers items actions to Northern Eire.

Frost, who led Britain’s negotiations to safe a commerce cope with the bloc, was appointed as a minister and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s primary level man for future ties with the EU earlier this yr and appears set to take a firmer strategy.

“I hope they are going to shake off any remaining ailing will in the direction of us for leaving, and as a substitute construct a pleasant relationship, between sovereign equals,” he wrote in an opinion piece.

“That’s what I might be working in the direction of, performing constructively once we can, standing up for our pursuits once we should – as a sovereign nation in full management of our personal future.”

He once more defended the British authorities’s extension of a grace interval for checks on some meals merchandise imported by retailers to Northern Eire as being “lawful and in step with the progressive and good religion implementation” of a part of the post-Brexit commerce deal known as the Northern Eire protocol.

However he added: “With out this menace of disruption, we are able to proceed our discussions with the EU to resolve difficulties arising from the protocol constructively – and we purpose to take action.”

Northern Eire’s future was bitterly contested throughout the Brexit negotiations. London in the end agreed to depart the British-ruled province aligned to the EU’s single marketplace for items to keep away from a tough border between Northern Eire and EU member Eire, fearing it could possibly be detrimental to the 1998 peace settlement that ended many years of battle within the province.

This has required checks on some gadgets arriving in Northern Eire from elsewhere in the UK, which some companies say has made it tough to herald provides. To handle that problem, the British authorities prolonged the grace interval for some checks till Oct. 1.

The EU disputes that the grace interval extension was according to the settlement, saying London ought to honour what it signed as much as. It has promised to launch authorized motion, or a so-called “infringement process” in opposition to Britain.

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