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Scrapping Northern Ireland protocol will only make things worse, says EU

Brussels says renegotiation UK is suggesting will mean more instability for the region

The EU has pushed back sharply against demands the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol be scrapped, warning that a renegotiation would merely lead to more instability for traders and communities.

Just hours after the Democratic Unionist party threatened to collapse the Stormont assembly if the protocol was not substantially changed within weeks, the EU also urged politicians to “dial down the rhetoric” and give both sides calm space to work to ease tensions.

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