During an interrogation session with the Prime Minister in Parliament, Boris Johnson accused Europe of pressure to justify MEPs’ need for their new bill to exempt London from certain clauses in the agreement reached with Brussels on Brexit.
The European Union did not take the “gun off the table”, Boris Johnson told British MPs on Monday 14 September to justify the bill freeing London from certain clauses in the Brexit agreement negotiated with the European Union. international law.
At the start of debates in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister said that the text would prevent the EU from using the separation agreement to block food exports from Britain to Northern Ireland. “The intent of this bill is quite clear to prevent the use of the baton against this country,” he said. It’s protection, it’s a safety net, it’s an insurance and it’s a very reasonable measure. “
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Damage the country’s reputation
Boris Johnson, who has an 80-seat majority in the House of Commons, faces a party challenge from elected Conservatives, his five predecessors on Downing Street and several of his relatives, such as former Finance Minister Sajid Javid. “Violating international law is a measure that should never be taken lightly,” the latter said in a statement.
For his part, EdMiliband, one of the Labor opposition leaders in the House, criticized Boris Johnson for damaging the country’s reputation.
“I would never have thought that respect for international law during my lifetime could be a subject of disagreement (in Parliament),” he said. “I could never have imagined that he would come here and say, ‘We will legislate to violate international law in an agreement we signed less than a year ago. “
“It sullies the reputation of this country and it sullies the reputation of its mandate,” he added by the prime minister.
“In the Queen’s Name”
The former legal adviser to Boris Johnson, Geoffrey Cox, resigned in February, estimating for his part in The Times that it would respect the word “in the queen’s name”.
The divorce agreement contains specific provisions for Northern Ireland, grouped in a protocol aimed at:
1. to avoid returning to a physical border between Ireland and Northern Ireland and thus not to undermine the peace agreements of April 1998, which ended thirty years of “unrest” in the province.
2. to preserve the integrity of the European internal market by keeping Northern Ireland in line with a limited set of EU rules, in particular as regards goods;
3. to keep Northern Ireland in the customs territory of the United Kingdom.
Boris Johnson’s decision has deepened negotiations between London and Brussels again in crisis, less than four months before the actual implementation of Brexit (the divorce formally entered into force on 31 January, but a transitional period runs until the end of the period. agree on their future relationship).
The Europeans, who have accelerated their preparations for a relocation without an agreement, have given the Johnson government until the end of the month to withdraw the bill, an ultimatum rejected by London.
But some diplomats believe the Johnson government is trying a coup to get what it expects from the negotiations on the future trade relationship, or to come out without a deal.
A “tactics” of a negotiation
The head of Irish diplomacy, SimonCoveney, sees it as a “negotiation” tactic at home directly in the discussions.
Boris Johnson accuses the EU of threatening to use the separation agreement reached in January to create trade barriers between Britain and Northern Ireland, and he even mentions the risk of a food block.
But the bill presented last Wednesday by his government, InternalMarketBill, is facing strong opposition in Brussels and the UK.