Von der Leyen warns UK Brexit deal has ‘real teeth’ if terms breached



The Irish Times

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has warned that the Brexit trade deal has “real teeth” and Brussels will not hesitate to take action if Boris Johnson breaches its terms.

Ms von der Leyen said she hopes the EU will not have to use the measures contained within the agreement.

But she noted concerns in the EU that the UK has not yet fully complied with the terms of the earlier Brexit divorce deal and stressed that “vigilance” will be required in future.

Ms von der Leyen was addressing the European Parliament as MEPs prepared to vote on the Trade and Co-operation Agreement reached with Mr Johnson on Christmas Eve, which governs the way the UK and EU deal with each other.

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