UK government ministers on Wednesday published a draft version of the controversial “Internal Bills,” which was accepted in practice would violate international law by overriding parts of the agreement in Brexit withdrawal from European Union.
“The Withdrawal Agreement has been finalized and ratified by both parties, it must be fully implemented,” European Council President Charles Michel said in a statement. “Violation of international law is unacceptable and does not create the confidence we need to build our relationship in the future.”
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the former diplomatic foundation of “agreements must be safeguarded”; was the foundation of future prosperous relations. “
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But British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended the Internal Market Law, which claimed to “ensure the integrity of the UK internal market” and ensure that there was no barrier to trade within the UK after the country left the framework of the European Union economy by the end of the year, the BBC reported.
The bill sets out a “safety net” of trade rules between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to prevent disruption in the UK internal market in the event that the UK and the EU do not reach an agreement on end of 2020. It does not propose new checks on goods moving from Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK and gives UK ministers the authority to “not accept” policies associated with the movement of goods will take effect January 1, 2021, if a Brexit agreement fails, according to the BBC.
The law clearly states: “Some provisions have effect despite inconsistencies or inconsistencies with international or other laws in the country,” according to Sky News.
Although the UK left the block on January 31, the country is in a phase of transition that effectively sees it comply with EU policies by the end of 2020. But both sides have so far failed to reach an agreement on competition rules and fishing rights, and Johnson said Britain would move out of negotiations if there was no agreement by October 15. Johnson also argued that the Internal Market Bill would bring powers from Brussels back to Wales. and Scotland and protect the peace process of Northern Ireland.
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EU Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said that even for a bloc with international agreements with countless countries and organizations, it would be “an unprecedented situation” if the internal Market Bill goes into effect in the UK.
“The withdrawal agreement is not open for reconstruction and we hope that the letter and the spirit of the withdrawal agreement will be fully respected,” he said.
The withdrawal agreement, which has been signed and ratified, includes measures to ensure that there are no trade or travel barriers between Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK, and the Republic of Ireland is a member of the EU . To do that, Britain has agreed that Northern Ireland will continue to follow certain EU policies even after the rest of the UK goes it in its own way. That means there will be checks on some goods moving from the rest of the UK to Northern Ireland, with tariffs being applied anywhere to the EU.
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“Any negotiation process can only proceed on the basis of trust,” the Prime Minister of Ireland, or Taoiseach, tweeted Micheál Martin on Wednesday. “When a party in a negotiation decides that they can change what is agreed upon and incorporated into law, it really weakens trust. It is a critical time in the #Brexit process and the stakes are very high.”