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Britain to press ahead with Brexit treaty-breaking laws next week

By William James



FILE PHOTO: Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, speaks to the media after a European general affairs ministers council, in Brussels, Belgium September 22, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File photo


LONDON (Reuters) - Legislation that breaks Britain's Brexit withdrawal treaty will be debated in parliament next week, House of Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said on Thursday, a move which could further undermine talks on a trade deal with the European Union.


Britain's upper house of parliament voted last month to remove clauses in the Internal Market Bill which broke international law, but the government intends to reinstate them in the lower chamber on Monday.


It is also introducing a new piece of legislation next week, the Taxation (Post Transition Period) Bill, which is widely expected to contain more provisions that overrule parts of the EU exit deal relating to Northern Ireland.


The Internal Market Bill - designed to protect trade between the four nations of the United Kingdom - prompted fury in the EU when it was first introduced because it unpicked the terms of a divorce agreement both sides signed in January.


Brussels has launched legal action against Britain and Ireland has warned that breaking the treaty could destroy the trust needed to reach a trade deal.


A deal on trade with the EU could remove the need for the law-breaking clauses in the legislation and make the whole row go away, but negotiations are into their final days with little visible progress towards bridging large gaps in their positions.


The government says it needs a safety net to prevent the EU interpreting the complex customs agreements between Ireland and Northern Ireland in a way that limits internal trade.


The EU wants to make sure the open border with Ireland doesn't act as a back door into the bloc for goods. London wants to make sure goods flow freely between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.



-- © Copyright Reuters 2020-12-03
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Sure. When you break your word it's always convincing to say they made you do it. So it's not really breaking your word because it's not your fault. That doesn't seem weak in the least.

What a sad end to what many claim to have been a great nation.....a small island nation of dwindling importance, now known for breaking laws and commitments to its partners, racist in nature and led b

A good political move. Never back down to bullies,  in this case the EU.   Also, the anti democratic house of lords should never try to stop the elected MPs in the house of commons.  

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4 minutes ago, Rookiescot said:


And spend all your time crying its someone elses fault when more bad news about Breixt is announced. 

not me, I'm laughing  at the shenanigans and at the universality of the idiocy and incompetence of all politicos and their mindless Civil Servant drones. Great entertainment.  

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