Irish Examiner view: British prime minister Boris Johnson is up to his old tricks

EU has launched legal proceedings against the UK following the decision by the secretary of state for Northern Ireland to unilaterally delay the full implementation of the Northern Ireland protocol
Irish Examiner view: British prime minister Boris Johnson is up to his old tricks

UK prime minister Boris Johnson is using the tactic of obfuscation when it comes to dealing with the EU. Picture: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor /PA

It looks like British prime minister Boris Johnson is up to his old tricks again in relation to the Northern Ireland protocol. 

The EU launched legal proceedings against the UK on March 15 following the decision by the secretary of state for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis to unilaterally delay the full implementation of the protocol.

The European Commission sent two letters to the UK’s chief Brexit minister David Frost alleging a breach of the protocol and calling on his government to refrain from putting into practice the announced extension of the grace period for border checks on goods moving from Britain to Northern Ireland. 

This is the first step in a legal procedure that could end up in the European Court of Justice.

However, the UK has reportedly now asked for more time to respond to the legal action taken by the EU. 

This smacks of obfuscation, the favoured tactic of Mr Johnson to deal with political problems — when he can get away with it.

It is important that the EU does not allow him to get away with it. The issue has been evident for the past five years, so how much more time do they really need?

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