Another difficult round of negotiations for a trade deal began on Tuesday in London.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised the British that he could assure them of a good divorce agreement with the EU. Now he seeks to deny him, if he does not get a free trade agreement before October 15. He wants to force his angry conservative deputies to address this Wednesday the cannibalization of an international Brexit agreement in the House of Commons, where the alarm lights have been turned on. He’s building the stage for leave without agreement of the EU.
Just when the Brexit negotiations between the European negotiator Michael Barnier and the British David Frost begin this Tuesday in London, extremely tense and in a Bad weather.
The Europeans are not going to give in. They see in Boris’ strategy the idea of forcing the leaders to an emergency agreement, which is going to demand a European summit, which they do not want to grant.
Boris’s decision to break the agreement already signed with the EU led this Tuesday to the resignation of Jonathan Jones, the head of the government’s legal department, who rejects Downing St’s position to undermine the already approved agreement as “illegal”. Boris is looking for a one-sided interpretation of an agreement. He is the sixth civil servant or British Mandarin to resign during this administration.
The seriousness of his departure was summed up by Labor lawyer Lord Charlie Falcone, Labor attorney in the shadows: “This resignation indicates that senior government attorneys believe that this government is going to break the law”.
The government is breaking the best of Britain: “We are a law-abiding country and the government has serious questions to answer.”
Boris and his advisor David Cummings they are willing to break Britain’s divorce agreement from the EU, less than a year after it was signed, in a gesture that undermines the kingdom’s moral authority when it seeks to get other countries to comply with their legal obligations.
A bill on the internal market wants to present the government this Wednesday to “clarify ambiguities”, especially in the difficult agreement on the border with Northern Ireland, when this British province is going to continue in the EU single market.
The British government intends with its bill to align the divorce agreement with British law, regardless of whether or not there is a free trade agreement between the two. Specifically, it includes empowering the secretary of commerce to determine to Brussels whether state aid given to a company in Great Britain affects a company in Northern Ireland, where European aid rules continue to apply.
Also the government wants to know what kinds of goods are “at risk” of distorting the European market and subject to checks when entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain.
Chris Bryant, a Labor MP with extensive knowledge of parliamentary rules, suggested that “the move Boris is seeking is impossible.”
He cited the convention of the House of Commons, which states that “you cannot vote twice the same proposal ”that was approved with the Brexit agreement in December 2019.
He suggested that this movement is illegal because the government cannot de-legislate what it has already legislated. Britain left the EU on December 31. But it continues under European rules until the end of 2020, during the so-called “transition period”, while negotiators find a Free trade agreement to replace current agreements, such as fees.
Michel Barnier, a European negotiator, warned that “honoring the divorce agreement is a precondition for trust between us.”
But senior Conservative MPs and lawmakers from his own party warned Boris Johnson that his decision to water down the deal “is a dangerous step” that will lead to a no-deal.
With each day with more MPs uncomfortable with the prime minister’s position, Tory lawmakers criticized Downing St’s plans to try to pass unilateral legislation, which may limit the needs for customs checks in the Irish Sea and new aid rules from the Irish Sea. state, if the trade deal talks fail.