British minister plays down Brexit showdown

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice arrives for a cabinet meeting, the first since mid-March because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at Downing Street in London, Britain, July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

LONDON (Reuters) - A senior British minister on Monday played down planned legislation that could override the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, saying the goal posts were not being changed but that some ambiguities needed to be tidied up.

Asked about a report in the Financial Times, Environment Secretary George Eustice said there moght be some minor legal ambiguities that need to be tidied up over the Northern Irish protocol.

He said the UK was committed to the Northern Ireland protocol and that London was not moving the goal posts.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Paul Sandle; Editing by William Schomberg