LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson walked out into the European Union on Monday as he gained initial approval for a plan to dissolve the Brexit Treaty, saying the move was needed as the bloc “revived off the table” “Was refused. “In business negotiations.
Johnson won the so-called second reading parliamentary vote on Internal Market Bill 340 to 263. A fragmentation amendment was defeated shortly before, although he would follow more as he faces growing rebellion in his party.
The European Union says Johnson’s bill would collapse trade negotiations and propel the United Kingdom towards a messed up Brexit while former British leaders warned that breaking the law is a step too far that would undermine the country’s image is.
However, Johnson said that to counter Brussels’ “absurd” threats, it was necessary to create trade barriers between Britain and Northern Ireland, including London, and implement a food blockade – he said that the unity of the United Kingdom was threatened .
“The European Union has still not removed this revolver from the table,” Johnson told Parliament before the vote. “What we cannot do now is endure a situation where our EU counterparts seriously believe that they have the power to break our country.”
The European Union has demanded Britain scrap the main parts of the bill by the end of September and if not, there will be no trade deal at the end of the year to cover everything from car parts to food.
A derivatives source told Reuters that to support its message, the European Commission has delayed making an important decision on allowing London to continue with Euro transactions for EU-based customers.
Johnson clarified that he would go ahead with the bill he took as a defensive insurance policy intended to prevent a foreign power from dividing the United Kingdom using Northern Ireland.
However, many legalists are troubled by such a clear bid to violate international law. All five of Britain’s surviving former Prime Ministers have expressed concern about her plan.
“I understand how some people would feel uncomfortable over the use of these powers and I share that feeling myself,” Johnson said. “They are an insurance policy and will never be invited if we compromise with our European friends, which I still believe are possible.”
But some EU diplomats believe that London is playing a game of chicken, inviting the collapse of trade negotiations to either seek a deal or leave it without a deal.
Now that the bill has passed its second reading, its fine print will face four more days of debate – a stage at which lawmakers may seek to put amendments that may change the entire meaning of the bill, or call it Can also kill.
The main battleground is likely to be an attempt by Bob Neill, a Conservative jurist, by amending the bill to ensure that any effort that breaches the Brexit divorce agreement receives prior approval from Parliament.
Writing by Guy Falconbridge and Michael Holden; Additional reporting by Huw Jones, Kate Holton, Estelle Shirbon, Alistair Smout and Andrew McAskill; Editing by Andrew Kowthorne, John Boyle, Alex Richardson and Cynthia Osterman