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Irish PM says economic sabotage is what the British do

Ireland’s prime minister, Michael Martin, said the British government’s plans to abandon parts of its post-Brexit trade agreement with the European Union would amount to “economic sabotage” against Northern Ireland. BBCto me.

Michel Martin, Prime Minister of Ireland

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He believes the changes will hurt Northern Ireland’s economy: he said the legislation was unacceptable and meant “the worst kind of unilateralism”. “We fully accept that there are legitimate issues related to the implementation of the Protocol and believe that serious and ongoing negotiations between the EU and the UK government can resolve these issues,” he said. According to Martin, the data shows that the protocol economy in Northern Ireland is doing very well and he believes the UK government is not focusing enough.

The idea of ​​a unilateral amendment was first talked about a month ago by British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss. The EU Commissioner said a few days ago that the EU would not renegotiate the protocol in Northern Ireland, but a day later Boris Johnson’s government published a bill to amend it. And the European Union announced, on Wednesday, legal action against the British government in this matter: Maros Sefcovic, Vice-President of the European Commission, said it was illegal and “there is no legal or political reason to unilaterally change an international agreement.”

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