EU ready to act, says Beaune in France – –

EU ready to act, says Beaune in France – –

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Clément Beaune, a young French minister for European affairs and a key ally of President Emmanuel Macron, has warned that the European Union will take action if the UK leaves the Northern Ireland protocol to the Brexit deal.

“We wouldn’t be happy to do it, but we would be ready to do it and respond,” Beaune said in an interview on the sidelines of a gathering of European officials in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The comments come amid a deepening row over post-Brexit trade rules with Boris Johnson’s UK government.

Just before a Group of Seven summit last week, Macron reiterated that the deal signed by the UK in December, which created a trade border in the Irish Sea, was set in stone. Britain attacked the ” the unbalanced attitude that the EU takes in imposing controls on goods entering Northern Ireland.

Beaune said the UK should have expected border controls.


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