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EU partly to blame for UK’s hardline tactics, says former May aide

Raoul Ruparel says EU approach ‘feeds the perception’ in London that only aggressive stance will pay off

The EU is partly to blame for the Brexit minister David Frost’s aggressive negotiation tactics on the Northern Ireland protocol, Theresa May’s former special adviser on Europe has said.

Raoul Ruparel said Brussels’ refusal to give May concessions on the protocol, only to subsequently agree a deal with Boris Johnson, “feeds the perception” in London that the hardline approach was the only one that would pay off.

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