Slamming Boris Johnson’s plan to pull the Northern Ireland Protocol, pro-EU remainer David Lammy calls it “wrong, shortsighted and ill-judged.”

Boris Johnson has been accused by Labour of attempting to start a trade war with the European Union, which would only worsen the UK’s cost of living issue. 

Government threats to rip up the Northern Ireland Protocol, according to Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy, have arrived at “the worst possible time.” 

Opposition MP David Lammy said it was “wrong, shortsighted and ill-judged” to set up a divide between the United Kingdom and its European partners during Russia’s invasion into Ukraine. 

Unless the EU agrees to big revisions, the protocol, which is part of Britain’s withdrawal agreement with the EU, may be scrapped, Prime Minister Johnson has warned. 

Business and sectarian tensions are being exacerbated as a result of the British government’s insistence on products being checked on their way into Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland. 

Retaliatory measures have been threatened by the EU in the event that the UK moves on its own own. 

Labour MP David Lammy said that the Government should be working to alleviate the situation rather than making it worse during his speech at the Progressive Britain conference.

“Instead of finding practical solutions they are planning a trade war in a cost-of-living crisis,” he said.

“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.

“There is a war on our continent. Millions have fled their homes. Countries have pulled together in support of Ukraine.

“It is wrong, short-sighted and ill-judged to seek divisions with our European allies as we face this common threat.”