The draft law on the internal market deliberately violates international law on the provisions of the Brexit agreement targeting the British province of Northern Ireland, provisions aimed at avoiding the re-establishment of a border with Ireland, a guarantee considered essential for peacekeeping.
Approved by lawmakers in late September, the bill is now in the House of Lords, where it has been sharply criticized by some members, including archbishops of the Anglican Church. The House of Lords voted Tuesday with 395 votes in favor and 169 against a motion that “regrets” the provisions violating the treaty and thus paves the way for a detailed examination of the text.
“I want the United Kingdom to be an independent and sovereign state, but I want to be an independent and sovereign state that keeps its head up on the international stage, that keeps its word, that respects the rule of law, that honors its treaty obligations.” , said Michael Howard, a former leader of the Conservative Party who supports Brexit.
According to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the aim of the bill is to defend the territorial integrity of the kingdom by ensuring continuity of trade between Britain and its province of Northern Ireland.
The European Union (EU) has launched an infringement procedure against London over this text, which it believes is a blow to mutual trust in the midst of negotiations on the impending post-Brexit relationship.
European Commission (EC) Vice President Maros Sefcovic met with British Secretary of State Michael Gove in London on Monday morning over the dispute over Northern Ireland.
They came out of the meeting on a positive note, with Gove announcing “significant progress”, and Sefcovic welcomed London’s “clear direction and commitment” to reaching a “compromise on all issues on the table” in the negotiations.
Boris Johnson spoke to 250 business leaders on Tuesday about how the end of the transition period will unfold, as a “no deal” on Dec. 31 is increasingly likely.
“Whatever happens, there will be a change. It is therefore vital that all those involved in this call take seriously the need to prepare, “Johnson said in a statement from Downing Street.
But several participants denounced a “terrible (telephone) call” and “incredibly disrespectful of their concerns”, during which Boris Johnson allegedly said that the covid-19 pandemic would have created “too much apathy in business.” “For the enterprises to be prepared, according to a BCC journalist.
The British government said at the end of last week that it still wants to conclude a post-Brexit trade agreement with the European Union, despite the stalemate negotiations, but appreciating that the ball is “on the field” of the Europeans, notes AFP.
“I still hope we will have an agreement,” Secretary of State Michael Gove told Sky News.
“I want an agreement, I want to get there, but for that the two sides have to make some compromises. That is not what the EU is doing at the moment,” he added, noting that Europeans do not seem “serious” in their desire. to succeed.
Already slow, trade negotiations tightened on Thursday as the 27 summit summit demanded concessions from London, while saying they want to continue negotiations to reach a free trade agreement by the end of the year, when regulations will cease to be applied.
London clearly refused, conditional on further talks on “a fundamental change of approach” on the part of Europeans. A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said trade talks had “ended” for the British.