“Legal opinion is divided. But most of the lawyers I’ve spoken to are firmly clear that if you use domestic law to override an international treaty you’re breaching that international treaty and hence international law.”
The political expert explained that while the legislation has yet to be published he has “no doubt” that any changes made to the protocol would be “very damaging for our relationship with the EU”.
Meanwhile, Mr Sefcovic said the European Commission “stands ready to continue discussions with the UK Government to identify joint solutions within the framework of the protocol”.
He said: “Should the UK decide to move ahead with a bill disapplying constitutive elements of the protocol as announced today by the UK Government, the EU will need to respond with all measures at its disposal.