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EU’s Sefcovic Signals Possible Trade Retaliation on Brexit Plan

  • EU’s chief Brexit negotiator speaks to European lawmakers
  • Door remains open for negotiations, Sefcovic tells parliament
Maros Sefcovic

Maros Sefcovic

Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg
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The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator signaled the bloc could impose retaliatory trade measures on the UK over its planned legislation to override parts of the withdrawal agreement, saying the proposal “seriously harmed” the bloc’s interests.

Maros Sefcovic told lawmakers in Strasbourg that if the bill put forward by Boris Johnson’s government is adopted as drafted, “of course in that case we would be forced to use the measures at our disposal, including the measures” in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, known as the TCA.