The UK officially left the bloc on January 31, but existing trade rules will remain in place until the end of this year, to allow time to negotiate a long-term trade deal. An important part of the agreement – which is now an international treaty – was the protocol on Northern Ireland, which aimed to prevent a hard border from returning to the island of Ireland. The Single Market Act would give the UK government the power to repeal the EU`s agreed role in monitoring trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. If a deal can be reached, it would be based on a standard free trade agreement, as the EU has agreed with Canada, Johnson said. Boris Johnson said Britain should reserve the right to repeal the Brexit deal in order to protect the country`s “economic and political integrity”. (Reuters) – The British government plans to legislate to repeal important parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement and risk the collapse of trade talks with Brussels, the Financial Times reported here on Sunday. “It makes no sense to think of timelines that go beyond that point,” he said. “If we can`t agree by then, I don`t see there going to be a free trade agreement between us, and we should both accept it and continue.” Geoffrey Cox, the senior government official when Johnson negotiated the Brexit withdrawal agreement less than a year ago, said a resignation from the deal would be an “unscrupulous” violation of international law. Johnson`s Conservative government has acknowledged that the bill is contrary to the legally binding withdrawal treaty that Britain and the EU have both ratified.
The legislation risks sinking the already failed negotiations between Britain and the EU for a post-Brexit trade deal. Eu officials don`t seem to be too concerned about Johnson`s Oct. 15 deadline. The European Union`s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, had himself set the last deadline at the end of October. EU officials say they have proposed solutions to the sensitive points of “fair competition”, fisheries and the legal requirements of the agreement. But it would seem that their British colleagues have not made similar concessions. If no deal is reached before the deadline expires, the UK will “continue” and accept that a deal cannot be reached, Johnson said, adding that no deal would be a “good outcome”. “As part of the withdrawal agreement, the UK must inform Brussels of any aid decision that would affect the Northern Ireland product market and require companies in the province to file customs documents when sending goods to the rest of the UK,” the Financial Times reported on Monday. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, who played a key role in negotiating the Withdrawal Agreement and the Protocol on Northern Ireland, said on Twitter that the reported step would be “a very reckless way to proceed”. In the Sun interview, Johnson claimed that he asked during the Withdrawal Agreement negotiations: “You won`t really block our food, will you?” The newspaper said Johnson then appeared to be mocking the accent of the EU`s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, saying: “And they say, `Oh, no, no, we have to see what your regulatory framework will be.` This is totally absurd, because our regulatory framework will be identical to that of the EU. Johnson said a bill to repeal parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement was needed because the EU could “make extreme and inappropriate efforts” to treat the former British member.
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