Boris Johnson stands up to EU trade war threat

Brexit: Truss says UK 'determined' to have good EU trade terms

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The Prime Minister insisted a solution to the deadlock between the EU and Britain is “easily doable” but it must also protect the peace process. Brexit Minister Lord Frost said he and European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic yesterday had “no breakthroughs” in talks on the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol. Mr Sefcovic described the EU as having reached “a crossroads” with the UK and said the bloc’s patience was “wearing very, very thin”.

The talks come as Mr Johnson battles to avoid a sausage trade war with Brussels, which could see chilled meats barred from shops in Northern Ireland from the end of this month.

Asked about the row as he arrived in Cornwall for the G7 summit, Mr Johnson said: “What we want is something that enables us to protect trade flows…and that’s easily doable.

“We want a solution that guarantees the peace process and protects the peace process, but also guarantees the economic and territorial integrity of the whole United Kingdom.”

Mr Sefcovic said: “If the UK were to take further unilateral action in the coming weeks the EU will not be shy in acting swiftly, firmly and resolutely to ensure the UK abides by its international obligations.” This could mean legal action, arbitration or retaliatory trade measures such as tariffs, he said.

The Prime Minister is expected to hold a meeting with Joe Biden today. Jake Sullivan, the US president’s national security adviser, said America does not want to see any action that would put the peace process at risk.

Defending the Government’s position, Andrea Leadsom told Times Radio: “The UK has absolutely stuck to our side of the bargain.”

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