Boris Johnson has hit back at Ireland following the news that the UK is set to tear up the Northern Ireland Protocol as soon as next week.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is reportedly preparing draft legislation that would unilaterally scrap key parts of the Northern Ireland protocol and remove checks on goods between Britain and Northern Ireland.
This morning Mr Johnson had a call with the Taoiseach in which he made clear that the situation in respect of the Protocol was now “very serious.”
A statement read: “Despite repeated efforts by the UK Government over many months to fix the Protocol, including those sections related to the movement of goods and governance, the European Commission had not taken the steps necessary to help address the economic and political disruption on the ground. The Prime Minister reiterated that the UK Government would take action to protect peace and political stability in Northern Ireland if solutions could not be found”.
The draft will free businesses from EU rules and regulations and take away the powers of the European Court of Justice but will be a breach of the treaty obligations. It has been reported that Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Levelling up Secretary, Michael Gove are cautious about Truss’s strategy and the possibility of a trade war with the EU and the spiralling of a cost of living crisis. Despite all this, Ms Truss feels that talks with the EU have hit an impasse.