EU launches legal action over UK's 'illegal' Protocol plans

by 24britishtvJune 15, 2022, noon 20
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Subscribe to The Telegraph with our special offer: just £1 for 3 months. Start your free trial now: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/customer/subscribe/digitalsub/3for1/?WT.mc_id=tmgoff_pvid_conversion-subscription_editorial-iniative_03-22_EGW-13_organic_youtube The European Union has announced it is launching fresh Brexit legal action against the UK as it claimed Boris Johnson's plans to unilaterally tear up parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol are "illegal". Maros Sefcovic, the vice president of the European Commission, said the Government's Northern Ireland Protocol Bill will break international law and "is extremely damaging to mutual trust and respect between the EU and the UK". He said the legislation has created "deep uncertainty and casts a shadow over our overall cooperation" and as a result the bloc is restarting the legal action it had paused last year while also bringing forward new legal proceedings. Speaking in Brussels, Mr Sefcovic said: "Let there be no doubt, there is no legal, nor political justification whatsoever for unilaterally changing an international agreement. Opening the door to unilaterally changing an international agreement is a breach of international law as well. So let’s call a spade a spade. This is illegal." The EU legal action relates to how the UK has implemented post-Brexit border rules and checks in Northern Ireland and it is not directly linked to the Government's new legislation. The Government has insisted its Northern Ireland Protocol Bill will be legal. Read more here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/06/15/boris-johnson-news-rwanda-ni-protocol-brexit-starmer-pmqs-live/ Get the latest headlines: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/ Telegraph.co.uk and YouTube.com/TelegraphTV are websites of The Telegraph, the UK's best-selling quality daily newspaper providing news and analysis on UK and world events, business, sport, lifestyle and culture. #brexit #news #uk #europeanunion #eu

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