Brexit: Expert says NI protocol feud may lead to meat shortages
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The European Commission vice-president described the EU as having reached a “cross roads” with Britain and said the bloc’s patience was “wearing very, very thin”. Mr Sefcovic told reporters: “I can say we are at a crossroads in our relationship with the UK. “Trust, which should be at the heart of every partnership, needs to be restored.”
He added: “The fact that I mentioned that we are at a crossroads means that our patience really is wearing very, very thin, and therefore we have to assess all options we have at our disposal.
“I was talking about the legal action, I was talking about arbitration, and of course I’m talking about the cross-retaliation.”
The Commission’s Brexit envoy said the EU “will not be shy” in launching retaliation, suggesting the bloc could opt for punitive trade tariffs and quotas on British exports.
Mr Sefcovic met Brexit minister Lord Frost in London yesterday as both sides battled to avoid a full-blown trade war on the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.
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