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Government sources have said Ms Truss plans to trigger Article 16 proceedings if she succeeds in her bid to win Tory Party leader and Prime Minister.

In June, the Government tabled legislation to shred the hated deal, prompting the EU to relaunch legal proceedings against the UK for allegedly failing to properly implement Irish Sea border checks.

The UK has until September 15 to respond to the EU legal action — only 10 days after the Tory leader enters Downing Street.

Former special adviser to the Prime Minister Raoul Ruparel commented: “Probably a controversial view but I don’t see this as massive escalation.

“UK has to respond to EU challenging legal base of current standstill – which is supported by NI business and most political parties. So in that narrow sense this is potentially a legal way to do this.

“Of course this has all only come about or become necessary because of UK legislation seeking to rewrite Protocol.

“In end, I find it hard to imagine standstill actually being removed in practice. Key question remains how EU will respond if Bill comes into force.”

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