UK minister says it would be surprising for EU to tear up post-Brexit trade deal

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FILE PHOTO: Cabinet ministers arrive to attend a Cabinet away day at Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, central England

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's minister for Brexit opportunities said he would be surprised if the European Union tore up the existing post-Brexit trade deal in response to any unilateral action London may take in the ongoing row over Northern Ireland.

"It would not necessarily seem a beneficial approach for them to take, because it also would harm their consumers," Jacob Rees-Mogg told BBC Radio on Friday.

"Cutting off a major supplier is an act of self harm. Does the EU want to commit acts of self harm? It may do, but I wouldn't have thought it likely."

(Reporting by William James, writing by Muvija M)

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