Lord Frost stated Micheal Martin was “merely unsuitable” after the Taoiseach urged he had tried to intentionally undermine compromise proposals tabled by the European Fee final 12 months.
The ex-minister, who stop the cupboard late final 12 months, additionally claimed the UK’s place on the protocol was being “ignored or misrepresented”.
In these circumstances, Lord Frost stated it was “hardly stunning” that the Authorities was contemplating unilateral motion to handle points with the controversial post-Brexit Irish Sea buying and selling preparations.
Talking to reporters in Cork on Saturday, Mr Martin claimed the UK had failed to offer readability to the EU on what it could be ready to simply accept to resolve the stand-off on the protocol.
For instance his level, he claimed Lord Frost had intentionally raised the problem of European Courtroom of Justice oversight simply on the level when European Fee vice chairman Maros Sefcovic was about to unveil proposals aimed toward lowering crimson tape on commerce between Nice Britain and Northern Eire.
Mr Martin made the feedback as he responded to questions on the political deadlock in Northern Eire triggered by the DUP’s refusal to re-enter a powersharing govt in protest on the protocol.
In remarks reported by the Irish Instances, the Taoiseach urged the basic problem in resolving the protocol subject was not with unionism, however with the method adopted by the UK Authorities.
“I believe unionism has made a case to us and we’ve got mentioned it over time with the European Union,” he stated.
“The European Union has met the unionist group and it has met with companies and with business in Northern Eire and got here ahead with proposals.
“However the European Union actually has by no means acquired a touchdown zone from the British authorities in relation to the protocol. It’s very unclear what is going to suffice for the British authorities. Now we have some sense of what would work with unionism, however we don’t have that sense with the British authorities.”
In an obvious reference to a speech made by Lord Frost in Lisbon final October, Mr Martin added: “Unionism did elevate points in regards to the operation of the protocol which we did work with our European Union colleagues to attempt to take care of and, in case you recall simply previous to Maros Sefcovic outlining his proposals, Lord Frost tried to torpedo them by elevating the problem of the European Courtroom of Justice.
“That was a deliberate try, it appears to me, to undermine what Maros Sefcovic was about and we want much less of that from the British authorities to be frank and the issue for Europe is that Europe shouldn’t be positive and has no belief now as to what would settle the protocol subject.”
In response to Mr Martin’s feedback, Lord Frost tweeted: “I wouldn’t usually wish to use Twitter to answer to @MichealMartinTD the Taoiseach, however, as he accuses me personally of wrecking the talks final 12 months, I really feel I have to reply.
“The suggestion the UK has not set out a ‘touchdown zone’ is just unsuitable. Our July 2021 Command Paper and the authorized textual content that adopted it have been a really clear touchdown zone, defined in important element.
“That July paper was additionally very clear that the position of the Courtroom of Justice needed to be eliminated. So it’s merely unsuitable to say that I raised it for the primary time in October in my Lisbon speech or that the purpose was to wreck the talks course of.
“If the Protocol drawback is to be resolved, Eire & the EU want to interact with what we’ve got truly stated. I’ve at all times been clear a negotiated means ahead can be finest. But when HMG positions are ignored or misrepresented it’s hardly stunning unilateral motion is on the desk.”
Mr Martin additionally stated he had informed Prime Minister Boris Johnson that unilateral motion by the UK Authorities on the protocol can be a mistake.
“I made it clear that any transfer unilaterally to undermine the protocol would have a destabilising impression on Northern Eire and, in my opinion, what’s necessary, the British authorities must work professionally with the European Union by way of resolving any points in regards to the protocol,” he stated.
Mr Martin stated: “The UK authorities have to put the steadiness of the political scenario in Northern Eire at the beginning – these points may be resolved – and I do know unionism stands able to resolve them as effectively.”
The Taoiseach urged the DUP to drop its block on the formation of a brand new govt and meeting, insisting governance in Northern Eire might run in parallel with negotiations to resolve the protocol issues.
“Discussions across the protocol needs to be parallel with the restoration of the manager and the restoration of the meeting as a result of democracy means there’s a obligation on all events to fulfil the mandate given to them by the folks and that’s to arrange the meeting and to arrange the manager,” he stated.
“Then the manager and the meeting could make a powerful contribution to the decision of the problems across the protocol, however I believe the British authorities must suppose lengthy and laborious on its technique and its method as a result of in my opinion, its unilateral method shouldn’t be useful by any means.”