Labour has accused Boris Johnson of looking for to impress a commerce warfare with Brussels which might solely exacerbate Britain’s cost-of-living disaster.
Shadow overseas secretary David Lammy stated Authorities threats to tear up the Northern Eire Protocol have come at “the worst potential time”.
In addition to intensifying the financial squeeze, Mr Lammy stated it’s “unsuitable, short-sighted and ill-judged” to open up divisions with Britain’s European allies within the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Prime Minister has warned the UK might ditch the protocol – which kinds a part of the UK’s Brexit Withdrawal Settlement with the EU – except Brussels agrees to main modifications.
The Authorities says the requirement for checks on items shifting from Nice Britain to Northern Eire in an effort to maintain the border with the Republic open is damaging enterprise and inflaming sectarian tensions.
The EU in flip has warned it should reply with retaliatory measures if the UK acts unilaterally.
Chatting with the centre left Progressive Britain convention, Mr Lammy stated the Authorities must be attempting to resolve the disaster, not make it worse.
“As a substitute of discovering sensible options they’re planning a commerce warfare in a cost-of-living disaster,” he stated.
“Making Brexit work takes statecraft, diligence and graft, not Boris Johnson’s wrecking ball.
“Individuals in Northern Eire deserve a accountable Authorities however as an alternative we have now a Prime Minister who can’t be trusted and a Authorities prepared to interrupt worldwide regulation.
“And this comes on the worst potential time. Europe is dealing with probably the most severe safety disaster in a technology.
“There’s a warfare on our continent. Hundreds of thousands have fled their properties. International locations have pulled collectively in assist of Ukraine.
“It’s unsuitable, short-sighted and ill-judged to hunt divisions with our European allies as we face this frequent menace.”