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I just reread Article 16, and it definitely doesn't say what the Brexiteers keep saying it does.  First, it can be invoked only if "application of this Protocol leads to serious economic, societal, or environmental difficulties...."  The only difficulties the UK is facing have been caused either by its refusal to apply the Protocol or by Brexit itself, not by actual application of the Protocol.  Second, any remedial actions are limited to what is strictly necessary to remedy the difficulties.  Third, any proposed remedies first have to be referred to the Joint Committee pursuant to Annex 7.  TL;DR: If the UK unilaterally pulls the plug on the Protocol, it will be in violation of international law, and the EU would be within its rights to drop the hammer.
by rifek on Tue May 17th, 2022 at 07:03:24 PM EST

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