EU threatens legal action over UK's Northern Ireland trade bill

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The EU threatened legal action against Britain after the UK government on Monday introduced legislation proposing a unilateral overhaul to the post-Brexit trade deal it signed for Northern Ireland.

‘It is with significant concern that we take note of today's decision by the UK Government to table legislation,’ European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said in a prepared statement to reporters in Brussels.

He said that the EU would not renegotiate its divorce deal and that Brussels would now consider reopening a suspended ‘infringement procedure’ against Britain, as well as opening fresh cases.

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss called the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill a ‘reasonable, practical solution to the problems facing Northern Ireland’ and said it does not break international law.

source: AFP

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