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EU raises spectre of trade war if UK rewrites Northern Ireland protocol

Brussels vows to respond with ‘all measures at its disposal’ as Liz Truss sets out plan to make changes

The European Commission has raised the spectre of an economically damaging trade war with the UK, pledging to respond with “all measures at its disposal” if Liz Truss presses ahead with a plan to rewrite the Northern Ireland protocol.

The foreign secretary set out plans on Tuesday to table a bill that would make key changes to the protocol, including waiving all checks on goods flowing from Great Britain to Northern Ireland where they are not destined for the Republic of Ireland.

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