Labour has accused Boris Johnson of seeking to provoke a trade war with the EU which would only exacerbate the cost-of-living crisis the UK is currently facing.
David Lammy, the shadow Foreign Secretary, said Government threats to unilaterally suspend parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol over border issues have come at “the worst possible time”.
The Prime Minister has repeatedly threatened to trigger Article 16 of the deal, and his Government are believed to be prepared to use it in the interest of sustaining peace in the region.
Speaking at a Progressive Britain conference today (Saturday), Mr Lammy said of the Government: “Instead of finding practical solutions they are planning a trade war in a cost-of-living crisis.
“Making Brexit work takes statecraft, diligence and graft, not Boris Johnson’s wrecking ball.
“People in Northern Ireland deserve a responsible Government but instead we have a Prime Minister who can’t be trusted and a Government willing to break international law. And this comes at the worst possible time. Europe is facing the most serious security crisis in a generation.”