Britain defends Northern Ireland trade action, says it was lawful



Reuters Staff | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – Northern Ireland minister, Brandon Lewis, defended on Wednesday Britain’s move to unilaterally extend measures to smooth trade with the British province, repeating that the action was lawful and needed to prevent shortages in supermarkets.

“It was important for stability, for people in Northern Ireland, for the future of the (Northern Ireland) protocol, to not have ourselves in a situation where because of the way things were being implemented, we would have had empty shelves again in potentially just a couple of weeks time,” he told parliament.

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