Immediately before new talks between the EU and Great Britain about special Brexit rules for Northern Ireland, the government in London escalated the situation further. According to British Attorney General Suella Braverman, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has the right to revoke large parts of the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol, the Times newspaper reported on Thursday.
Such a step is legal because the EU is implementing the agreement “disproportionately and unreasonably”. Braverman sits in Parliament for Johnson’s Conservative Party. Foreign Minister Liz Truss wanted to call EU Vice President Maros Sefcovic on Thursday.
As the newspaper “Telegraph” reported, Truss wants to set a deadline of 72 hours. If the EU doesn’t move by then, Truss will introduce legislation that would repeal the Northern Ireland Protocol, the paper wrote.
As reported by Business Insider, Prime Minister Johnson wants to present the British plans in a speech early next week.
The Northern Ireland Protocol, which Johnson negotiated himself, is intended to avoid controls on the border with the EU member Republic of Ireland after Brexit and prevent new conflicts between supporters and opponents of a unification of the two parts of Ireland. Goods must now be checked when they are brought from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. Union supporters in Northern Ireland fear alienation from London.