The Minister for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis, has recognized today in the House of Commons that canceling some of the commitments made by the United Kingdom in the Withdrawal Agreement signed by Boris Johnson in January is illegal, but, in this case, just a little. “Yes & rdquor ;, he stated,“ it violates international law, but in a specific and limited way & rdquor;.
Shortly before his intervention, the head of the British Government’s legal team, Jonathan Jones, had submitted his resignation. Jonathan did not explain the causes, but in his surroundings they made it known that he was “very upset & rdquor; with the decision to modify the protocol for Northern Ireland, with a new internal trade law that this Wednesday will be presented in Parliament. Jonathan is the sixth senior official in the government circle to resign so far this year.
The intervention of the minister and the slam of the top legal advisor has coincided with the start of the eighth round of negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union, which this time will be held until Thursday in London. In addition, by implying that he will not comply with what has already been agreed, Johnson threatens to abandon the negotiations if progress is not made this week. “We cannot afford to keep hammering on the same things after six months of dialogue & rdquor ;, British negotiator David Frost said in a statement, calling for“ realism & rdquor; to Brussels.
Johnson may be bluffing as the negotiation enters its decisive phase. But it seems more and more likely that he will be willing to step on the gas when he is on the brink and decides that the UK will walk away without any trade deal with the EU. “It would be a good result & rdquor ;, has come to affirm. The management, increasingly alarmed, reminds him that this would be a catastrophic exit, while for the second day the pound sterling has fallen in the foreign exchange market.