UK will trigger safeguards in Brexit deal if supermarkets suffer, says PM

LONDON, Jan 13 (Reuters)—In the case of 'serious issues' in the stocks of supermarkets in Northern Ireland, the British will cause safeguard steps in a divorce agreement with the European Union, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday.

"What I can certainly guarantee is that if there are serious problems in victualling or supplying supermarkets in Northern Ireland because of some piece of bureaucracy that's misapplied then we will simply exercise Article 16 of the protocol," he said to the parliamentary committee.

The so-called security provisions in compliance with Article 16 of the Irish Northern Protocol covering post-Brexit dealing between Britain and Northern Ireland empower any side to take unilateral steps in the event that the Deal has an unintended negative impact.

(William James reporting, Elizabeth Piper publishing, Andrew MacAskill editing)