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Brexit LIVE: Brussels alarm bells as Attorney General BACKS Boris plan to rip up EU rules


Ms Braverman, who is the Government’s senior legal officer, backed changes to the current deal, which has effectively resulted in a controversial border running down the Irish Sea, much to the consternation of Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). The Tory MP for Fareham said: “Boris stood up to the EU last year and we got a good deal.

“I am really confident we are not going to let the EU push Northern Ireland around.”

She told The Sunday Telegraph: “We will do whatever it takes to ensure that we get a good settlement for Northern Ireland and a good settlement for the Union.

Speaking last week, Mr Johnson said he was ready to invoke Article 16 of the Protocol unless Brussels agreed to changes.

Ms Braverman added: “The Prime Minister has made it really clear that we’re going to do everything that we can, whether that’s legislatively or indeed if it comes to it invoking Article 16 to ensure that there’s no barrier in the Irish Sea.

“It is about getting an equivalent interpretation of the rules and we can’t have one party taking disproportionately excessive interpretation or application of rules and one party being forced to accept that.”

A report published by the Centre for Brexit Policy today has urged both sides to enforce each other’s rules at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

(This is a liveblog – scroll down for regular updates)

7.44am update: Europhile alliance: ‘Mini-Merkel’ cosies up to Macron and joins calls for ‘more Europe’

Emmaniel Macron has been praised to the skies by Armin Laschet, Angela Merkel’s heir apparent, in a clear indication of where his sympathies will lie if he succeeds her as Germany’s Chancellor.

Mr Laschet, who beat Friedrich Merz in the race to become leader of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) last month, is widely regarded as closely aligned with Germany’s current leader, to the extent that he is sometimes referred to as “mini-Merkel”.

And speaking yesterday, he made it clear that, if he gets the nod when the 64-year-old steps down later this year, he will maintain her famously close links with France and Mr Macron and the quest for “more Europe”.

The Prime Minister of the North Rhine Westphalia region said: “Strategic foresight and passion are indispensable in foreign policy.

7.33am update: Boris “won’t let EU push UK around”

Boris Johnson will not let Britain be “pushed around” by the EU and has every right to pull the plug on the Northern Ireland protocol, Attorney General Suella Braverman has warned.

Ms Braverman, who is the Government’s senior legal officer, backed changes to the current deal, which has effectively resulted in a controversial border running down the Irish Sea, much to the consternation of Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

The Tory MP for Fareham said: “Boris stood up to the EU last year and we got a good deal.

“I am really confident we are not going to let the EU push Northern Ireland around.”



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