The EU is threatening legal action against the UK if ministers do not withdraw the measures planned by the Government by the end of this month.
During an emergency meeting in London, European Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic told Cabinet Office minister Mr Gove the EU rejects the idea the legislation is needed to protect the peace process in Northern Ireland.
In a statement following the “extraordinary meeting” of the joint committee between the two sides, he warned Brussels is “of the view that it does the opposite”
Mr Sefcovic said Britain had “seriously damaged trust” with the Bill that deviates from the Withdrawal Agreement signed by the Prime Minister.
He added in the statement “in no uncertain terms” that the “timely and full implementation” of the divorce deal is “a legal obligation”.
But Mr Gove reportedly launched into a scathing attack during the crunch meeting, according to BBC News Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg.
She has tweeted: “EU source says Gove was ‘not the usual gentleman’ and didn’t use ‘usual diplomatic language’.”
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