Brexit: Barnier warns UK against questioning deal stance
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EU Brexit chief Maros Sefcovic raised the prospect of a future trade conflict if an agreement cannot be found in the row over the customs controls. The European Commission vice-president said the biggest challenge to UK-EU relations is the lack of trust. Speaking at an EU-UK Forum event, Mr Sefcovic said: “Trust is essential for any constructive relationship, but to build trust in each other as partners requires first working together cooperatively and refraining from surprises in the form of unilateral actions.
“Unfortunately, the unilateral measures the UK Government took in March contradicted this much-needed spirit of joint action and clearly violated what we agreed.
“In response, we were forced to launch an infringement procedure and without satisfactory steps by the UK to remedy these measures, we’re going to have no choice but to step up these legal proceedings.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has threatened to rip up the Northern Ireland Protocol unless an agreement to ease EU red tape is found.
Downing Street fears that the customs controls have driven a wedge between the region and the rest of the UK, and has stoked up tensions in Loyalist communities.
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