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  • The European Union has promised legal action after the British government unilaterally extended a grace period for checks on food imports to Northern Ireland.

  • It's a move that Brussels says breaches the terms of the Brexit divorce deal.

  • The U.

  • K says it's taking steps to fix the trade issues.

  • There are growing fears that there's latest fork in the road over Brexit trade could threaten peace.

  • These trucks carry goods from England, Scotland and Wales onto ships that crossed the Irish Sea to Northern Ireland.

  • Here in Belfast, products arriving from the rest of Britain a subject to import rules from the EU under Brexit, Northern Ireland has remained part of the EU single market for goods.

  • Checks aren't fully applied yet, but the UK has decided to extend this transition period for some products without asking the EU first.

  • That's illegal, Brussels says, and undermines the Brexit deal.

  • The European Commission will respond to these developments in accordance with the legal means established by the withdrawal agreement.

  • But Britain says Brexit supply checks are causing huge disruption, a delay it says will give businesses more time to get used to the new rules.

  • We're taking some temporary technical measures to ensure that, uh, there are no barriers in the in the Irish Sea or to make sure that things flow freely from G B to to N.

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  • And and that's what you'd expect.

  • The tensions aren't just affecting trade.

  • Paramilitary groups unhappy with the Brexit disruption have temporarily abandoned Northern Ireland's historic 1998 peace deal, known as the Good Friday Agreement.

  • The groups say they're not planning a return to violence, but its heightening fears that Northern Ireland's delicate balance of peace is being destabilized.

The European Union has promised legal action after the British government unilaterally extended a grace period for checks on food imports to Northern Ireland.

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