Brexit: Back to me on bill, Johnson tells Tory MPs


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Boris Johnson has urged Conservative MPs to withdraw their plan to abolish part of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

In a zoom call with about 250 of them, he said the party should not return to “pathetic squabbling” in Europe.

The European Union has warned Britain that it could face legal action if it does not catch the controversial elements of the Internal Market Bill by the end of the month.

And a Tory MP has proposed an amendment to the bill, which would affect trade between Britain and Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, the European Parliament has threatened that it will cancel any UK-EU trade deal if a bill becomes UK law.

The two sides have less than five weeks to agree to a deal before Mr Johnson’s October 15 deadline – after which he says he is ready to “walk.”

Informal negotiations are due to resume on Monday, with the next official round of talks – the ninth since March – beginning in Brussels from 28 September.

The Internal Markets Bill, which will be formally debated in the House of Commons for the first time on Monday, addresses the Northern Ireland Protocol – part of the Brexit withdrawal agreement designed to prevent a tougher border returning to the island of Ireland.

If it becomes law, it will give UK ministers the right to modify or “disappear” the rules relating to the movement of goods between Britain and Northern Ireland, which will come into force from 1 January, if the UK and the EU agree on a trade agreement Are unable to attack.

The European Union says the planned changes must be scrapped or they could jeopardize UK-EU trade negotiations.

But the government has rejected the demand, arguing that measures in the bill need to be taken to protect the integrity of Britain and the peace process in Northern Ireland.

In his zoom call with MPs on Friday, the Prime Minister did not raise questions and a poor signal meant that video and audio connections were lost for several minutes.

He called for “extreme support” for the bill, describing it as “absolutely critical” to “prevent any foreign or international body from having the power to break our country”.

Mr Johnson said he would not count the “danger of a border under the Irish Sea”.

But he said the UK and EU still had a “very good chance” the deal was the same by mid-October, previously agreed between the EU and Canada – which would get rid of most, but not all, goods. But no fee.

The BBC’s chief political correspondent Vicky Young said Tory MPs were looking for “signs of compromise with Mr Johnson”, as they “cannot believe the government is ready to break international law”, but the prime minister has ” Dug up your heels “.

‘Serious misunderstanding’

In a column in the Daily Telegraph, Mr. Johnson defended the government’s plan to override parts of the withdrawal agreement.

He accused the EU of adopting an “extreme” interpretation of the Northern Ireland Protocol to “impose a full-scale trade border under the Irish Sea” which could prevent the transport of food from Britain to Northern Ireland.

“Let me say that we never seriously believed that the EU would be ready to use a treaty, negotiated in good faith, to block a part of Britain, it would be cut off,” he said. said.

The PM said it became clear that there could be “serious misunderstandings” between Britain and the European Union over the withdrawal agreement

He said that the EU should be called a “disaster” of the European Union for “creating our country” and endangering “peace and stability in Northern Ireland”.

‘A harmful act’

Conservative backbencher Sir Bob Neal, who chairs the Commons Justice Committee, said he was not convinced by the prime minister’s zoom call.

He is trying to force any changes in the agreement to withdraw a separate parliamentary vote to withdraw amendments to the bill.

“I believe it is potentially a damaging act for this country, it will damage our reputation and I think it will be harder to strike trade deals going forward.”

Around the same time as the Prime Minister spoke, the European Parliament announced that it would “not ratify under any circumstances” any trade deal between Britain and the European Union if “Britain’s officials breached or withdrew Threatened “has withdrawn.

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has accepted parts of the bill that would go against a treaty signed by Britain and the European Union, “breaking international law in a very specific and limited way”.

There is uneasiness within the Conservative Party, with former leaders Theresa May urging Lord Howard and Sir John Major to rethink Mr. Johnson.