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SINN Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald labelled Britain a “rogue state” today warning that Foreign Secretary Liz Truss was preparing to break the law while progress remained blocked in the north of Ireland.
Ms Truss confirmed she intends to introduce legislation “in the coming weeks” to make changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol.
In a House of Commons speech, she said the Bill would be introduced alongside parallel further talks with the European Union.
The Democratic Unionist Party, which has refused to take part in the Northern Ireland Assembly until the protocol has been dealt with welcomed the announcement although refused to say if it would return to Stormont.
They want to see the post-Brexit treaty scrapped because of the economic barriers it creates between Northern Ireland and the rest of Britain.
Ms Truss insisted that the British government was clear “that proceeding with the Bill is consistent with our obligations in international law.”
But European Union Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic said any move to unilaterally override parts of the protocol raises “significant concerns.”
Ms McDonald said: “The British government announces its intention to legislate to break the law. The stuff of a rogue state.
“Meanwhile government and progress [is] blocked in the north of Ireland.”
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