EU resumes legal action against Britain over controversial protocol bill

Bloc said publication of new legislation had undermined trust between Brussels and London

Maros Sefcovic, vice-president of the European Commission, said the resumption of legal action showed how damaged the trust was between London and Brussels. Picture: Getty

The EU has formally recommenced legal action against Britain following a new bill that would give UK ministers the power to unilaterally override parts of the Northern Ireland protocol.

European Commission officials today announced that the proceedings, which had been on hold since last September amid negotiations with Britain, would be resumed.

Maros Sefcovic, the commission’s vice-president, said the resumption of legal action was indicative of the level of trust between London and Brussels – ...