The British government presented legislation Monday that would allow it to tear up parts of its Brexit agreement with the European Union, stoking fears of a trade war and drawing condemnation from the trade bloc.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the legislation put before Parliament enables the government to unilaterally alter the terms of a 2019 deal with its European counterparts that placed a customs border within the U.K., between Britain and Northern Ireland.

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