UK continues to change Brexit deal despite EU opposition – EURACTIV.com

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government will move forward on Monday (June 27) with legislation to scrap rules on post-Brexit trade with Northern Ireland, sparking fresh clashes with the European Union.

The legislation, which would unilaterally replace parts of the post-Brexit deal struck in 2020 by Britain and the EU, is due to go back to the lower house of parliament for a so-called second reading.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said London’s priority was to protect a 1998 peace accord that Ireland, the United States and others say could be put at risk by replacing parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

“This legislation will solve the problems created by the protocol, ensuring that goods can move freely within the UK, while avoiding a physical border and safeguarding the EU’s single market,” Truss said in a statement on Sunday.

“A negotiated solution has been and remains our preference, but the EU continues to rule out changing the protocol itself – even though it is clearly causing serious problems in Northern Ireland – which therefore means that we are obliged to ‘to act.”

Britain plans to stop some checks on goods from the rest of the UK to Northern Ireland and challenges the role played by the EU tribunal.

The EU ambassador to Britain said on Sunday that Britain’s plans were illegal and unrealistic.

“It’s a treaty that we have signed, ratified and even gone through general elections in this country,” Joao Vale de Almeida told Sky News.

The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against Great Britain, which could lead to a trade war.

EU officials said Johnson was trying to win back support from lawmakers in his Conservative party after narrowly winning a confidence vote earlier this month.

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