Blog: UK Has Moved Beyond Article 16 Threat in Brexit Battle With EU – Bloomberg

Boris Johnson’s government long threatened to trigger an emergency clause to suspend parts of the post-Brexit settlement in Northern Ireland. But as the UK tries to up the ante with the European Union, what was once regarded as the nuclear option is now not deemed tough enough.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said Tuesday triggering Article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol — a legal mechanism within the UK-EU divorce deal — wouldn’t have delivered what the UK wants. On Monday, she published a law allowing ministers to unilaterally rewrite the bulk of the protocol instead.

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