Brexit news – live: UK and EU have ‘more than bumpy relations’ as SNP embroiled by ‘unprecedented turmoil’

Rory SullivanWed, 10 February 2021, 8:03 am

Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost arrives at the UK Representation to the EU in Brussels on 17 December, 2020. (AFP via Getty Images)
Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost arrives at the UK Representation to the EU in Brussels on 17 December, 2020. (AFP via Getty Images)

The UK’s relationship with the EU since the end of the Brexit transition period has been “more than bumpy”, the country’s top Brexit negotiator has admitted.

Speaking on Tuesday to the Lords European Union committee, David Frost said there have been “niggling” border issues, including a ban on exporting live shellfish to the bloc.

He blamed the turbulence on the EU, saying it needed to adjust “to the existence of a genuinely independent actor in their neighbourhood”.

Critics, however, have noted that much of the trade disruption in the last six weeks has been caused by the type of Brexit the government wanted.

Elsewhere, Joanna Cherry, who was recently removed from the SNP’s frontbench at Westminster after being criticised for her stance on transgender issues, said the turmoil in her party was “unprecedented”.

Writing in the New Statesman, she accused a small number of her colleagues of engaging in “performative histrionics redolent of the Salem witch trials”.