LONDON – Brussels “will have no choice but to intensify” legal proceedings against the UK if it continues to violate its Brexit deal with the European Union, European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič said on Tuesday.
At the annual conference of the EU-UK Forum, Šefčovič, who acts as the Commission’s point man for post-Brexit relations, said that the biggest challenge for the European Union was to “rebuild trust and realign our relationship with the UK. United”.
Brussels and London continue to argue over the implementation of the Northern Ireland protocol, a key part of the post-Brexit deal that was settled last year that introduces controls on goods moving from Britain to Northern Ireland.
Last week the EU agreed to grant an extension at the UK’s request of a grace period covering the movement of chilled meats to Northern Ireland, but Šefčovič’s UK counterpart David Frost since then he has called for a “new balance” in the politically controversial arrangement so that goods can move “as freely as possible within the customs territory” of the United Kingdom
Šefčovič said on Tuesday it was a “positive development” that the UK had reached an agreement with the EU on chilled meats, but warned London that “trust is a two-way street”.
He said there remains a “lack of implementation of these agreements by our partner, the UK, so we need to see the way to deliver as soon as possible. We need to be able to trust that the UK will meet its international obligations.” “
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