Overriding the NI Protocol is ”Illegal” – The EU launches a new round of legal action against the United Kingdom. 

EU vice president Maros Sefcovic said Boris Johnson’s moves to unilaterally overrule sections of the Brexit agreement were “illegal,” as he unveiled a new wave of legal action by Brussels against the UK. 

Overriding the NI  Protocol is ”Illegal” – The EU launches a new round of legal action against the United Kingdom. 

This is the latest in a series of sanctions against the United Kingdom in reaction to the British government’s decision to renegotiate elements of the Northern Ireland Protocol. 

EU legal actions against the UK, which were put on hold last year in order to ease post-Brexit trade discussions, are also being relaunched. 

The UK’s unilateral extension of protocol grace periods in 2021 has halted the legal proceedings. 

Following up on its previous “reasoned opinion,” the EU has given the UK two months to react. A case may be taken up before Europe’s highest court by the union if the United Kingdom fails to meet its expectations. 

During a press conference in Brussels, Mr Sefcovic said the UK government had a goal of “unilaterally breaking international law.” 

Boris Johnson’s government and the EU would have to “break an agreement that protects peace and stability in Northern Ireland, an agreement reached together only three years ago” if the proposal went through. 

“Opening the door to unilaterally changing an international agreement” has no legal or political justification, according to Mr Sefcovic. 

“So let’s call a spade a spade: this is illegal.”

Mr Sefcovic said unilateral alterations to the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill is “extremely damaging to mutual trust and respect between the EU and the UK”. 

Mr Sefcovic continued saying, “When international accords are more crucial than ever before, this ambiguity and cloud over our entire cooperation has caused great harm,” according to him.

“That is why the Commission has today decided to take legal action against the UK for not complying with significant parts of the protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.”

A “monstrous mountain of paperwork” would be created by the UK government’s plan for Northern Ireland trade, according to Mr Sefcovic. 

According to the EU representative, three pages of “simple” and “oven-ready” documentation would be required of firms under the EU’s guidelines. 

He continued, “Permanent solutions and simple operations of the protocol proposed by the EU versus constant uncertainty with UK ministers having an open hand to change the rules on a whim.”

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