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At the moment the EU is responding in the usual diplomatic wishy washy way of seeking urgent meetings for clarification. I have no doubt that substantive progress in the trade talks has been put on hold, and the EU may even be rowing back on previous concessions.

But the Boris gambit seems to be entirely predicated on the assumption that the UK can always, if the worst comes to the worst, fall back on WTO trading rules, knowing these will hugely disadvantage agricultural producers in Ireland and the EU.

But is there an entirely legal mechanism which the EU can invoke whereby the UK can be suspended from the WTO, or at least the EU can declare its suspension of its trading relationship with the UK, pending the resolution of the international breaks at issue?

Telling the UK it will become an outlaw state not subject to the protections of the WTO seems to me an entirely appropriate and proportionate legal response. Anyone know if there are any provisions in WTO Treaties to allow this?

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