Responding to the UK Government’s threats to scrap the Northern Ireland Protocol, the German Chancellor warned: “Nobody should unilaterally suspend what we agreed with each other.”
Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo agreed, warning: “Don’t touch this – this is something we agreed on!”
This comes as UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is reportedly preparing draft legislation that would unilaterally scrap key parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The legislation would remove the need for checks on goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
It would also remove the European Court of Justice’s powers and remove any requirement for Northern Irish businesses to comply with EU regulations.
A Government source confirmed to the Guardian that Truss plans to move unilaterally but they denied that the UK has given up on negotiation.
It is understood that Truss thinks the UK cannot wait for negotiations to conclude before preparing to act.
This comes amid mounting tensions in Northern Ireland, with Sinn Fein being elected as the largest party in the Northern Ireland Assembly.