Brexit: Michael Gov says bill will protect Britain’s ‘integrity’


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Media captionMichael Gov: “What we can’t have … Is the EU disrupting or endangering the integrity of Britain”

Michael Gov has defended plans to override parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement as a means of protecting Britain’s “integrity”.

The Cabinet Office minister said Britain had been “liberal” with the European Union over the Brexit negotiations.

The European Union has threatened legal action on the Internal Markets Bill, which ministers say will break international law in a “specific and limited way”.

PM Boris Johnson has urged Tory MPs to withdraw it following some concerns.

The bill, formally debated in the House of Commons for the first time on Monday, calls 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.

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis told the Commons bill, which would go against the Withdrawal Agreement signed by the UK and EU, “would break international law in a very specific and limited way”.

But Mr Gove said the attorney general said the proposal would be in line with the rule of law – and that it was important to have “insurance”.

He stressed that the government was “proportionate and liberal” in its approach to EU negotiations.

Mr Gov said: “These steps are a safety net, they are a long halt in the event, which I do not believe we will come about, but we need to be prepared that the EU Follow what some have said they can do, which is effective in separating Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom. ”

Admitting that it was a “moment of crisis”, he insisted “we have the support of our own MPs”.

No more ‘unhappy squabbling’

The European Union and Britain have less than five weeks for the agreement before Mr Johnson’s October 15 deadline – after which he says he is ready to “walk off”.

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 EU says planned changes should be halted or they could jeopardize UK-EU trade negotiations and the European Parliament says that any deal “under any circumstances” reached between the UK and the EU Will go, if “UK officials have violated or threatened a violation.” “Withdrawal Agreement.

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Boris Johnson said he would not respond to “a border threat under the Irish Sea”

On Friday, Mr Johnson made a zoom call with about 250 of his MPs, stating that the party could not return to “pathetic squabbling” in Europe.

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.”

Former Conservative Party leaders Theresa May, Lord Howard and Sir John Major are also among the senior figures urging Mr Johnson to reconsider.

Both Ireland and the European Union have warned that Mr. Johnson’s plans pose a serious threat to the peace process rather than protecting the Good Friday Agreement, as the government claims.

Explaining that there could be a “serious misunderstanding” between the UK and the EU over the withdrawal agreement, Mr Johnson said the UK should be spared the “disaster” of the EU, which is capable of “our rise”. The country “and” peace and stability in Northern Ireland is under threat.

He said there was still a “very good chance” of the UK and the EU, the deal until mid-October, similar to that previously agreed between the EU and Canada – which would relieve most, but not all, Tariff on goods.

But in a column in the Daily Telegraph, 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” that would allow the transport of food from Britain to the North Can stop. Ireland.

Mr Gov told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that it would be “irrational” that the transport of food in such a way would not be allowed if the UK was not provided with a third country list. Such a list is needed for the export of food.

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