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All options on the table if Parliament passes Prime Minister’s proposals, says chief negotiator Šefčovič

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European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič spoke to Sam McBride. Pic: REUTERS/Yves Herman

European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič spoke to Sam McBride. Pic: REUTERS/Yves Herman

UK Border Force officers at the Port of Belfast

UK Border Force officers at the Port of Belfast

Maroš Šefčovič

Maroš Šefčovič

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European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič spoke to Sam McBride. Pic: REUTERS/Yves Herman

Northern Irish firms will almost certainly lose access to the EU single market if Boris Johnson’s legislation to tear up much of the Northern Ireland Protocol becomes law, EU vice president Maroš Šefčovič has said.

In a long interview with the Belfast Telegraph, the former diplomat spoke with restraint and sidestepped many sensitive issues but gave a clear indication that the protocol’s key economic benefit could be lost if Boris Johnson did not back down.


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