The UK has risked further angering the European Union by responding to legal threats over the Northern Ireland Protocol by refusing to fully implement the post-Brexit deal.
UK government ministers are said to have responded to the seven infringement procedures in Brussels by saying that they will unilaterally continue the current grace periods for inspections.
The UK mission to the EU officially responded by Thursday’s deadline, although as usual politics were suspended during the Queen’s mourning period.
It was reported that the response said the UK would continue with the current approach of not forcing retailers and exporters to comply with all agreed controls.
The unilateral action response may anger the bloc, which has stressed the need to find common solutions to the trade barriers created by the Protocol in the Irish Sea.
However, the UK is hoping that delaying controls will help make room for solutions to be found.
Four infringement procedures were launched by the European Commission in July and three others were launched a month earlier.
The EU was further angered by the UK’s threat to overrule parts of the protocol with new legislation that the bloc said would break international law.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will attend the Queen’s funeral in Westminster on Monday.
It is unclear if she will meet Prime Minister Liz Truss while in London, although Ms Truss is expected to have some discussions with political leaders during her visits.
There have been unconfirmed suggestions that Ms Truss will speak with Taoiseach Micheál Martin on the sidelines of the funeral amid tensions over protocol.
The European Commission declined to discuss the contents of the UK letter, as did the UK government during the mourning period. Neither side planned to publish the document.
Commission spokesman Daniel Ferrie told reporters in Brussels: “I can confirm that we have had a reply from the UK. We will now analyze the answer before deciding on the next steps.”
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