The European Council President said officials are reviewing the “tools at our disposal” if the Prime Minister refuses to implement swathes of Brussels red tape in the region. His remarks come ahead of a crunch meeting of top UK and EU officials in London today. Speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Mr Michel said: “We believe deeply in the rule of law. Pacta sunt servanda – when agreements are reached, they must be implemented in good faith.
“And this is the expression of serenity and serene strength within the EU.
“We wish to be a loyal partner, we want a fruitful and cooperative partnership with the UK. That’s always been the spirit of the negotiations around the table, where we were able to showcase our unity.
“But we’re also ready to make use of the different tools at our disposal to protect our interests, the integrity of the single market and ensure our agreements are respected and upheld, and also to protect the Good Friday Agreement.”
Mr Michel, alongside Commission boss Ursula von der Leyen, is due to meet Mr Johnson in the UK later this week.
European officials have confirmed they will use the margins of the G7 summit in Cornwall to pressure the PM into respecting the post-Brexit border fix for Northern Ireland.
And the insiders hope the EU chiefs will be able to recruit Joe Biden to ramp up the pressure on Downing Street to implement EU red tape in the region.