Brussels issues two-month ultimatum to UK court after ‘illegal’ Northern Ireland protocol decision | Political news

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The EU has given Britain two months to respond to legal action as it responds to Boris Johnson’s plan to tear up the Northern Ireland protocol.

Maros Sefcovic, vice-president of the European Commission, has said UK legislation to override parts of the protocol, which governs Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit trade deals, is illegal.

The commission has confirmed that Brussels will resume legal proceedings against the UK, which it suspended in September, for breaching the 2020 EU withdrawal treaty.

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Mr Sefcovic said: ‘If the UK doesn’t respond within two months, we can bring them to justice.’

Brussels is also launching two new infringement actions against the UK.

Mr. Sefcovic said: “Let there be no doubt: there is no legal or political justification for unilaterally changing an international agreement.

“It is illegal. The UK bill is extremely damaging to mutual trust and respect between the EU and the UK.

“This has created deep uncertainty and casts a shadow over our international cooperation.”

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