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UK presses on with changes to Brexit deal despite EU opposition
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The Anews reported, citing Reuters, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government will press ahead on Monday (June 27) with legislation to scrap rules on post-Brexit trade with Northern Ireland, setting up further clashes with the European Union.

The legislation, which would unilaterally replace parts of the post-Brexit deal that was agreed in 2020 by Britain and the EU, is due to be sent back to parliament's lower house for a so-called second reading.

Foreign minister Liz Truss said London's priority was to protect a 1998 peace deal that Ireland, the United States and other countries have said could be put at risk by replacing parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Truss said in a statement on Sunday (June 26): "This legislation will fix the problems the Protocol has created, ensuring that goods can flow freely within the UK, while avoiding a hard border and safeguarding the EU Single Market.”

Brexit is the name given to the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union. It is a combination of Britain and exit - Pic. Pixabay

"A negotiated solution has been and remains our preference, but the EU continues to rule out changing the Protocol itself – even though it is patently causing serious problems in Northern Ireland – which therefore means we are obliged to act."

Britain plans to stop some checks on goods moving to Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom and it is challenging the role played by the EU's court.

Brexit is to blame for Northern Ireland uncertainty

The EU's ambassador to Britain said on Sunday (June 27) that Britain's plans were illegal and unrealistic.

Joao Vale de Almeida told Sky News: "It is a treaty that we signed, ratified and even went through a general election in this country.”

The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against Britain, potentially leading to a trade war.

EU warns UK against ‘not acceptable’ Northern Ireland deal changes

EU officials say Johnson is trying to regain support among lawmakers in his Conservative Party after he narrowly won a confidence vote earlier this month.

Source: anews