Mr Barnier, responding to British claims the Northern Ireland protocol was a threat to the integrity of the UK, tweeted a tetchy denial. He added: “Protocol on IE/NI is not a threat to the integrity of the UK. We agreed this delicate compromise with @BorisJohnson & his gov in order to protect peace & stability on island of Ireland. “We could not have been clearer about the consequences of #Brexit.”
Mr Barnier pointedly added: “Sticking to facts is also essential. A case in point:the EU is not refusing to list the UK as a third country for food imports (SPS).
“To be listed, we need to know in full what a country’s rules are, incl. for imports.
“The same objective process applies to all listed countries.”
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