EU statement on UK extending post-Brexit NIP gracensnt periods

EU confirm it will not be launching any infringement action after UK announced it would be extending grace periods for NI protocol. However it insisted it would “not agree to a renegotiation of the protocol”.

In a statement Issued by the EU Commission following today’s announcement by the UK government regarding the operation of the Norther Ireland Protocol, EU says:

”Our focus remains on identifying long-term, flexible and practical solutions to address issues related to the practical implementation of the Protocol that citizens and businesses in Northern Ireland are experiencing. However, we will not agree to a renegotiation of the Protocol. The Commission continues to engage constructively with the UK, in the interest of all communities in Northern Ireland”.