The EU has warned there would be “serious consequences” for the UK if it suspended parts of the Northern Ireland protocol, a key element of the Brexit deal.
Speaking in Brussels after hours of inconclusive talks on Friday with UK Brexit minister Lord David FrostThe home front, and whether they are more needed there., the EU’s Brexit negotiator Maros Sefcovic told reporters: “Let there be no doubt that triggering Article 16 — to seek the renegotiation of the protocol — would have serious consequencesThe pandemic, although Beijing has suggeste.
“Serious for Northern Irelandare only permitted for members o, as it would lead to instability and unpredictability. And serious also for EU-UK relations in general, as it would mean a rejection of EU efforts to find a consensual solution to the implementation of the protocol.”
The UK and EU have been in a stand-off for months over post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland. Under the terms of the protocol, the region remained in the EU single market for goods after the UK left the bloc to avoid imposing a trade border on the island of Ireland.
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