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Brexit threats not helpful in solving N.Ireland problems, says EU

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EU Commissioner Financial Services, Stability and the Capital Markets Union Mairead McGuinness speaks at a news conference in Brussels, Belgium January 19, 2021 at the European Union headquarters. Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

LONDON, Sept 26 (Reuters) - The European Union warned Britain on Sunday that triggering a safeguard clause in its Brexit deal governing trade with Northern Ireland was "not helpful" and the country should instead pursue solutions.

"I don't think that that is the first approach, we should try and find solutions. I think threats are not helpful and I think Article 16 is used in very extreme circumstances," EU financial services commissioner Mairead McGuinness told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

Article 16 of the Northern Irish protocol, which covers post-Brexit trade between Britain and Northern Ireland, details so-called safeguard measures, which allow either party to take unilateral action if there is an unexpected negative effect arising from the agreement.

Reporting by William James and Elizabeth Piper

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