EU launches Brexit lawsuit against Boris Johnson tearing up Northern Ireland deal

European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic said: “Let’s call it a spade, this is illegal” after the UK announced it would scrap parts of the deal signed by Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has negotiated a Brexit deal with Brussels, which he now wants to tear up
Boris Johnson has negotiated a Brexit deal with Brussels, which he now wants to tear up

The EU has announced new legal action against the UK over Boris Johnson’s plans to tear up his own Brexit deal.

European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic branded the move “illegal” and said Brussels was forced after the UK government published draft legislation allowing it to scrap parts of the deal.

Tensions between the UK and the EU have risen over a key part of the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal to regulate trade in Northern Ireland, angering unionist politicians and causing some trade disruptions.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss published new bill on Monday that would allow Britain to amend parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol negotiated by Boris Johnson without asking Brussels for permission.

Mr Sefcovic told a press conference: “There is no doubt: there is no legal or political justification whatsoever for the unilateral modification of an international agreement.

“Opening the door to unilaterally amend an international agreement is also a violation of international law.

“So let’s call a spade a spade: It’s illegal.”







European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic has said Britain’s plans to tear up the deal are “illegal”.
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He added: “The UK Government’s decision has left us with no choice but to act.”

Mr Sefcovic said the legislation was “extremely damaging to mutual trust and respect between the EU and the UK”.

The Vice-President of the European Commission said: “It has created deep uncertainty and is casting a shadow over all our cooperation, and all at a time when respecting international agreements was more important than ever.

“Therefore, the Commission decided today to take legal action against the UK for failing to comply with essential parts of the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol.”

The EU is taking renewed legal action over the UK’s decision to delay the introduction of controls on certain goods entering Northern Ireland from the UK – which was suspended in March 2021.

If the UK doesn’t respond within the next two months, the bloc will refer the complaint to the European Court of Justice.

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