UK and EU will continue talks on impasse over N. Ireland protocol – PM's spokesman

© Reuters. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives to attend a Cabinet away day at Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, central England, Britain May 12, 2022. Oli Scarff/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and the European Union will continue talks on trade rules for Northern Ireland and will see what progress can be made in the coming days to tackle a serious situation, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday.

Johnson’s government has been threatening to rip up the protocol for months, raising the risk of a trade war with Europe at a time of soaring inflation and prompting concern across Europe and in Washington.

“There will be further discussions at official level in the coming days,” the spokesman said. “We will continue to see what, if any, more progress can be made.”

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