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UK Protocol changes raise “significant concerns” – European Commission

May 17, 2022

The European Commission’s Vice President Maroš Šefčovič is warning the EU will need to respond with “all measures at its disposal” should the UK decide to move ahead with a bill disapplying elements of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

His warnings followed today’s announcement by the UK Foreign Secretary that she intends to introduce legislation to make changes to the Protocol in the coming weeks. Liz Truss told the House of Commons the proposed bill will ensure that goods moving and staying within the UK, are freed of unnecessary bureaucracy through a new green channel.  

In a statement today, Maroš Šefčovič said “unilateral actions contradicting an international agreement are not acceptable”. 

Daniel Sheridan-Ferrie is the European Commission’s spokesperson for EU-UK agreements. He says today’s announcement by the British government “raises significant concerns”.

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