Dutch PM warns Boris Johnson over Brexit rules

Dutch PM warns UK’s Johnson to stick to N.Ireland Brexit terms

A European Union (EU) flag flies outside the Berlaymont in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday, October. 7, 2020. (Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg)

DUBLIN, May 23 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson knows very well what action the European Union could take if London fails to comply with the post-Brexit agreement it struck with the bloc on Northern Ireland, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Monday.

“We will keep on working to ensure that we somehow find a way out of this, but if it is not possible then we also have to take our next steps and think about those,” Rutte said in a joint news conference with his Irish counterpart, Micheál Martin, saying his country stood “shoulder to shoulder” with Ireland.

“I don’t want to guesstimate about what they could be because I don’t think that is helpful, but I think Boris Johnson and the UK know very well what the next steps could be. Let’s hope we don’t come to that.”


(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Leslie Adler)


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