The UK and the EU negotiating teams are holding intense discussions to solve the impasse on post-Brexit arrangements in Northern Ireland.
Britain has accused Brussels of being overly strict in its implementation of the Protocol, undermining the UK’s internal market with heavy-handed customs checks on goods crossing the Irish Sea to the province.
Last week Lord Frost admitted “there is the potential to generate some momentum in our discussions” but that “significant gaps remain across most issues”.
He warned if the EU fails to give ground to UK demands to ease frictions in trade, he will take unilateral action to suspend the Protocol’s implementation.
Following a meeting with the European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic on Friday, he said: “We remain prepared to use the safeguard provisions under Article 16, which are a legitimate recourse under the Protocol in order for the Government to meet its responsibilities to the people of Northern Ireland.”
The comments from Ms Trevelyan and Mr Gove are in stark contrast to those by the man tasked with finding a more permanent solution for the Protocol.