Decision on triggering article 16 to be taken by the end of November. EU warns UK, “We are ready for peace but prepared for war.” 

According to a source, Britain is preparing to use Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol in order to avoid customs inspections with Ulster. 

According to the Telegraph, the UK may send a warning shot to the European Union by invoking Article 16 of the contentious Northern Ireland Protocol and introducing legislation in Parliament to reduce customs procedures between the UK and Northern Ireland. 

By the end of November, the broadsheet reports that a decision on whether to invoke Article 16 will be taken and that this is likely to lead to a month-long official discussion between the EU and the United Kingdom.

“The state of play is we are not seeing much moving forward in negotiations,” a Whitehall source told the Telegraph.

“We cannot go on like it is, no.

“It is not sustainable.

They added: “There are real-world problems on the ground.”

With the threat of the triggering of article 16 being a probable out come an EU diplomat has warned the Telegraph: “EU capital like Berlin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Paris would expect a robust response.”

They added: “We are ready for peace but prepared for war.”