Boris Johnson says plan to break worldwide law is 'absolutely vital'
Sep 14 2020
The latter, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson struck with his 27 counterparts last October and now wants to jettison, would undo the terms of arguably the most sensitive and delicate parts of decoupling the U.K.'s 47-year relations with the EU. - Johnson said Britain needed the type of massive economic response that USA president Franklin D. Roosevelt mobilised to deal with the Great Depression.
Called the Internal Market Bill, the United Kingdom has attempted to ensure that it will be able to trade freely with its constituent countries, namely, England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
It comes after the prime minister warned that Brussels could "carve up our country" without his new bill and impose a food blockade in the Irish Sea.
"But the government collectively here also has a responsibility - we've got to resolve any conflict, that's what we will do".
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland has said that he will resign from the government if he sees global law being broken "in a way that I find unacceptable".
Johnson's claim that the 27-nation European Union is plotting to choke off food supplies via crippling new trade barriers between Britain and Northern Ireland is "spin and not the truth", Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney told BBC television.
He told the BBC that the Withdrawal Agreement and Northern Ireland protocols require limited checks on goods arriving in the North from Britain as part of measures to prevent the need for a physical border on the island of Ireland.
He also said: "I would encourage the British Government to change tack now, to rebuild trust in the coming weeks, and you will find that the European Union and indeed Ireland is a solid partner in terms of getting a good deal for both sides between now and the end of the year".
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Increasing pressure on MPs, former prime ministers Sir John Major and Tony Blair united to urge them to reject the legislation, saying it imperils the Irish peace process, trade negotiations and the UK's integrity.
Despite Mr Johnson's efforts, Tory chairman of the Commons defence committee Tobias Ellwood said on Saturday that he could not support the legislation without it being changed.
"We have to protect the UK from that disaster, and that is why we have devised a legal safety net - in the UK Internal Market Bill - to clarify the position and to sort out the inconsistencies", wrote Johnson.
The proposed law, the Internal Markets Bill, will be debated by MPs on Monday. If that happens, tariffs and other impediments to trade will be imposed by both sides at the start of 2021.
The EU has given Mr Johnson until the end of the month to withdraw his proposals to override elements of the Withdrawal Agreement, with the bloc threatening legal action if he does not comply. But this way of negotiating, with reason cast aside in pursuit of ideology and cavalier bombast posing as serious diplomacy, is irresponsible, wrong in principle and risky in practice, ' they said.
"It raises questions that go far beyond the impact on Ireland, the peace process and negotiations for a trade deal - crucial though they are".
Despite the Prime Minister holding a conference call with his MPs and Mr Gove warning the bill is needed to protect the "integrity of the UK", rebels continue to voice their opposition to the move. "It questions the very integrity of our nation", they wrote in the Sunday Times.
"I don't believe we're going to get to that stage", he added, reiterating Johnson's view that the new bill is an "insurance policy" in the event of a Brexit "no deal" this year.