The European Parliament has declined to set a date to ratify the Brexit trade deal following a row over the UK’s action in relation to arrangements for Northern Ireland. Tensions over the Northern Ireland protocol, a key part of Britain’s divorce deal with the EU , have flared again this week. It comes after the UK took unilateral action to extend grace periods for businesses such as supermarkets and parcel operators, before they have to comply with new post- Brexit rules. Light-touch regulation schemes on goods from the rest of the UK transiting to Northern Ireland had been due to expire at the end of March, but now they won’t end until October. Amid the threat of legal action against London, the European Commission has accused the UK of seeking to breach international law and condemned Britain’s “clear departure from the constructive approach that has prevailed up until now”. Advertisement The Irish government accused the UK government of having shown itself to be untrustworthy in negotiations over the implementation of the protocol At a meeting on Thursday, the heads of groupings in the European Parliament chose not to set a date for a vote on the UK-EU trade deal, despite… Read full this story
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