The Deputy Prime Minister said the Government would take “whatever measures are necessary” to resolve the issues around the Brexit Northern Ireland protocol on Sunday. In a warning to Brussels, he told Sky News: “If anything, the outcome in Northern Ireland from those elections makes it clear it can’t be put off.”
He suggested it would be dealt with in the coming “weeks and months”, warning that stability in Northern Ireland was being “imperilled” by the dispute over the protocol – which was agreed by Boris Johnson’s Government as part of the Brexit divorce from the EU.
The deadlock will increase tensions between Westminster and Brussels, with the UK insisting all options remain on the table – including the possibility of unilaterally scrapping elements of the deal.
That could trigger a major breakdown in relations between the UK and European Union.
Responding to the threat, EU Commission Vice President Faros Sefcovic blasted: “The EU has already shown a lot of flexibility by proposing impactful, durable solutions and we stand ready to continue discussions.
“We need the UK Government to dial down the rhetoric, be honest about the deal they signed and agree to find solutions within its framework.”
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