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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, Oct. 7, 2020. As the Brexit talks enter their final critical few weeks, officials on both sides are voicing doubts over whether they can get a deal over the line. Photographer: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg
By Reuters
24 May 2022 0

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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