Part of the Internal Market Act, due to be published on Wednesday, is expected to « remove the legal force of parts of the withdrawal agreement » in areas such as state aid and Northern Ireland`s customs law, the newspaper reported, citing three people familiar with the plans. A source told the FT that the measure could « clearly and deliberately » undermine the Northern Ireland agreement signed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson last October to avoid a return to a hard border in the region. (Reuters) – The British government is planning laws ending key parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement and risking the collapse of trade talks with Brussels, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. The move comes as Britain and the European Union resume talks on a trade deal, with Johnson saying on Sunday that if no deal is reached by October 15, both sides should « accept that and continue. » The protocol of the Northern Ireland agreement is important to ensure there is no physical customs border between Ireland and the province of Northern Ireland, Barnier said. in an agreement that the government, this government, had freely concluded in October. The way the government has decided to tackle this problem is the internal market law. This is a new piece of legislation that has just been published and submitted to Parliament and, in Part 5 of this Act, you have provisions on how the government is trying to deal with the problems caused by Article 10 of the Irish Protocol. Brexit trade talks plunged into crisis on Monday after Britain warned the European Union that it could effectively end the divorce deal it signed if the bloc did not agree to a free trade deal by October 15. Later, the EU chief warned that Britain was legally obliged to abide by the Brexit withdrawal agreement. « If we can`t agree by then, I don`t see that there will be a free trade agreement between us and we should accept it and continue, » he said, according to his office`s comments. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, who played a key role in negotiations on the withdrawal agreement and the Northern Ireland protocol, said on Twitter that the reported step was « a very ill-advised path. » « I hope that the British government will implement the withdrawal agreement, an international obligation and a precondition for a future partnership, » European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Twitter on Monday. . This week, a minister told the House of Commons that the government is deliberately considering breaking the law.
Without an agreement, nearly $1 trillion in trade between Britain and the EU could be in limbo, including rules for everything from car parts and drugs to fruit and data. « This is a remarkable development » – David Allen Green of the FT explains the legal issues behind this possible constitutional crisis. « If the UK decided not to comply with its international obligations, it would undermine its international reputation, » said an EU diplomat. « Who would want to conclude trade agreements with a country that does not implement international treaties? It would be a desperate and ultimately self-destructive strategy. I hope that the British government will implement the withdrawal agreement, an obligation of international law and a precondition for a future partnership. The Irish and Northern Ireland Protocol is essential for the protection of peace and stability on the island and for the integrity of the internal market. You will see in paragraph 63 that the government wants to ensure that the provisions of the Internal Market Act relating to withdrawal procedures, as well as the possibility of adopting provisions relating to Article 10 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, are able to enter into force without relevant international or national legislation with which they may be incompatible or inconsistent.