Lord Frost is today heading over to Northern Ireland for urgent meetings around the NI protocol and to seek a response to punishment claims from the Portuguese EU diplomat.
The EU diplomat told Radio 4 Today Programme: “This is the European Union seeking to punish the United Kingdom.
“As a consequence, Northern Ireland is being used as a plaything for the European Union,” he said.
“I can assure you Northern Ireland should be nobody’s plaything, we are citizens of the United Kingdom, we were citizens of the European Union and we deserve to be treated with the same respect as everyone else.”
A UK Government spokesperson said: “We continue to seek urgent solutions to the issues that are causing significant disruption to businesses and citizens.
“While the EU prioritise protection of the single market, our focus remains on protecting the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement in all its dimensions.”
LORD FROST has travelled to Northern Ireland for meetings with businesses and communities impacted post-Brexit by the Northern Ireland Protocol.