“The UK-EU relationship is under strain, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

“By putting the protocol on a durable footing, we have the opportunity to move past the difficulties of the past year.”

Finally, he will claim the ECJ’s role, coupled with the UK’s lack of implementation rights, have created a “deep imbalance” in the protocol’s operation.

Officials across the Irish Sea do not share Lord Frost’s confidence that he can rectify the wrong-footed EU-UK relationship.