The head of the European Union said the possibility of Brexit fading every day


BRUSSELS / LONDON (Reuters) – The head of the European Commission said on Wednesday that the prospect of reaching a trade deal with Britain is fading day by day as the British government moves forward with moves that dissolve their divorce treaty Will give.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a cabinet meeting at the London Foreign Office on 15 September 2020. Jonathan Buckmaster / Pool via RERTS

The British government announced a draft law last week that acknowledged it would violate its international legal obligations and that parts of the divorce deal it signed before Britain formally left the European Union in January Will be signed

Brussels wants Prime Minister Boris Johnson, known as the Internal Markets Bill, to say it could stop negotiations on future trade arrangements before Britain finally leaves the EU orbit when a transition in December Expires.

Johnson refused.

Ursula von der Leyen, the European Union’s executive president of the European Union, said, “Every day that passes, the prospect of a timely settlement begins to fade.”

In a speech to the European Parliament, it said that the divorce agreement “cannot be unilaterally changed, disregarded or enforced”.

“It is a matter of law, trust and harmony … Trust is the foundation of any strong partnership,” she said.

If the terms of the trade relationship are not agreed, and former Prime Ministers of the European Union have said that breaking the law is a step too far that undermines the country’s reputation.

Johnson has said that the bill was necessary to counter “absurd” threats from Brussels, which would require the imposition of trade barriers between Britain and its Northern Ireland province, including London, and that the European Union would implement a food blockade. He said that such steps would threaten the unity of the United Kingdom.

Asked on Wednesday whether the EU was negotiating in good faith, Johnson said: “I don’t believe they are.”

“Maybe they’ll prove my suspicions wrong,” Johnson said.

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Johnson’s Internal Markets Bill has been criticized by senior members of his Conservative Party and the last five Prime Ministers have also expressed concern over the UK’s international losses.

However, he offered to stop the rebellion by Conservative MPs, who completely derailed after agreeing to compromise with him on Wednesday.[L8N2GD4RA]

The government and the two rebel MPs said in a joint statement, “It is believed that the parliamentary process suggested by some allies provides a clearer, more explicit democratic mandate for the use of these powers.”

This would mean that Parliament would have to give its approval, before the minister could exercise the powers to cancel the Brexit divorce deal.

Earlier, UK Northern Ireland Minister Brandon Lewis said in Parliament that he stood by the remarks made last week that the bill would “break international law in a very specific and limited way”.

However, in a gesture of continuing with the plans, Scotland’s top law adviser to the British government, Richard Keane, relinquished his role, stating that he could not reconcile his legal obligations with the government’s policy intentions.

His resignation comes after the head of the legal department of the British government quit last week on the issue.

EU diplomatic sources told Reuters that if the bill was passed in its current form, Brussels felt it could not deal with London.

Additional reporting by Kate Holton, William James, Andy Bruce, Michael Holden and Alistair Smout, editing by Timothy Heritage, Kevin Lifey and Alexandra Hudson

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