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UK Sparks EU Ire With Bill to Override Parts of Brexit Deal

  • Draft law unpicks Brexit deal’s Northern Ireland Protocol
  • Planned law hands UK powers to replace rules on customs, tax
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Johnson Plans Legislation to Override Parts of Brexit Deal
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The UK unveiled legislation to override parts of the Brexit deal it signed with the European Union, risking a trade war with the bloc, which threatened to take legal action.  

The bill seeks to hand the UK powers to unilaterally rewrite the bulk of the Northern Ireland protocol, which kept the region in the EU single market after Brexit, creating a customs border with mainland Great Britain. If passed, the new law would allow ministers to rip-up the regulatory framework both sides agreed to in 2019 and replace it with new rules on customs checks, tax and arbitration.