Remainer Miliband admits he ’embraced’ Brexit as ex Labour leader calls it a ‘necessity’

Ed Miliband: I’ve got to embrace Brexit

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The former Labour Party leader said the argument against Brexit is now over as he insisted Britain needs to work on building its future. Speaking to LBC, Ed Miliband said: “I actually think Brexit is a big idea. I didn’t support it but I think it is a big idea.” Host Matt Frei asked if he now embraces Brexit, the MP continued: “Yes. I’ve got to embrace it because that argument is over.

“We’ve got to build a post-Brexit future.”

Mr Miliband added: “I didn’t see Brexit as an opportunity. I now see it as a necessity.

“It has happened and we’ve got to build a future. There’s no point in sort of bleating on about it.

“We had the referendum. We had the general election. It was a decisive result.”

It comes as Brexit minister Lord Frost has said he believes the Northern Ireland Protocol is not sustainable for long in the form it is currently operating.

Lord Frost also called on the EU to show more “common sense” when dealing with the problems arising from the protocol.

He was in Northern Ireland to meet business and community representatives to discuss the challenges they are facing following the departure from the EU.

A new raft of checks on goods at the ports of Belfast and Larne under the terms of the protocol have sparked anger among unionists who feel Northern Ireland is being separated from the rest of the UK.

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Talks are continuing between the EU and the UK Government to solve some of the issues, but many unionists have called for it to be scrapped.

Lord Frost said: “It is clear from the conversations we have had with businesses here today that the way the protocol is operating is presenting various challenges. I’ve heard from business groups how some suppliers in GB are beginning to stop sending products into Northern Ireland.

“We have also heard about reduced availability of choice, cancelled deliveries, products being pulled, interference with movements.

“The protocol relies on cross-community support but this situation does risk undermining that. Our number one priority as the UK Government is protection of the Good Friday Agreement in all its dimensions, north-south and east-west, and that is the top priority of the protocol itself.

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“We hope the Commission share that view, although if so they aren’t always as clear about it as they could be.”

Lord Frost added: “The major issue that worries us now is the EU continues to want to treat the regulatory boundary in the Irish Sea as if it were like any other external border, despite the obligations of the protocol to facilitate trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, to avoid controls at the ports and airports of Northern Ireland to the most extent possible.

“We are committed to working through the issues with the EU, to find a way forward and have been doing so intensively for the last few months. We have proposed a range of solutions to the existing problems but progress is limited. We do think the EU needs to show more common sense and pragmatism.

“It is hard to see the protocol as currently operating could be sustainable for long and we continue to consider all other options.”

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