The European Union has gone “to the limits” in making concessions to Boris Johnson’s Government over post-Brexit trade in Northern Ireland, the bloc’s ambassador to the UK has said.
EU ambassador Joao Vale de Almeida said Brussels has gone the “extra mile” and cannot go any further following Wednesday’s proposals.
He said: “We went to the limits of what we can do to address the problems of Northern Ireland because we care for Northern Ireland.
“These problems were caused by Brexit.”
He stressed that the EU cannot accede to a key British demand to remove the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in overseeing the protocol.
He added: “There is no single market without the European Court of Justice. It’s the referee of the single market.”