EU’s elasticity tested in response to Britain’s demands on North protocol

Inside Politics: EU vice president Maroš Šefčovič says EU has ‘completely turned our rules upside down and inside out’

EU Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic after he presented the commission’s package of proposals related to the Northern Ireland Protocol. Photograph: EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

EU Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic after he presented the commission’s package of proposals related to the Northern Ireland Protocol. Photograph: EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

The EU vice president in charge of Brexit negotiations does not exactly have a name that trips off an Irish tongue, but Maroš Šefčovič will be as household a name in Ireland as Michel Barnier by the end of 2021.

Yesterday Šefčovič delivered the EU’s response to Britain’s increasingly implacable and unreasonable demands to axe the Northern Ireland protocol - which its prime minister, Boris Johnston, approved. It’s like a punter asking for his money back after the nag he backed came in last.

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