The EU has signalled it could trigger a trade war and pursue a legal challenge against the UK if the Government proceeds with its plans to unilaterally override parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary, today confirmed the Government will publish a law in the coming weeks which will allow ministers to make changes to post-Brexit border rules in Northern Ireland without seeking the permission of the EU.
Ms Truss said the UK still remains “open to a negotiated solution” with Brussels and is willing to hold further talks “but the urgency of the situation means we can’t afford to delay any longer”.
But Maros Sefcovic, the Vice President of the European Commission, said that if the UK goes ahead with unilateral action then the EU “will need to respond with all measures at its disposal”.
The remark will be seen as a threat that Brussels could hit the UK with retaliatory trade tariffs or take the Government to court.