New legislation tabled on Wednesday revealed Boris Johnson plans to alter several key elements of the Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels. The EU and even Tory MPs have reacted to the news with fury, as the move could prompt the bloc to pull the plug on its trade negotiations with Britain – forcing the UK to leave without a deal.
EU leaders held emergency talks in London on Thursday about the plans to override the Brexit deal, which even the Government admitted was a breach of international law.
But at the meeting cabinet minister Michael Gove insisted the Government “could not and would not” drop measures in legislation tabled earlier this week.
It prompted European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic to accuse the UK of an “extremely serious violation” of international law, putting the ongoing trade talks in jeopardy.
But what do you think? Is the Prime Minister right to “breach” international law to ensure a clean break from Brussels?
The plans to override the divorce deal with only be implemented if a trade agreement isn’t reached.
The US has also condemned Britain over its plans to alter parts of the Brexit deal.
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, has warned that Britain will be unable to secure a trade deal with the US if it does anything to undermine the Northern Ireland peace treaty.
She said: “If the UK violates that international treaty and Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be absolutely no chance of a US-UK trade agreement passing the Congress.”
Do you think overriding parts of the EU withdrawal agreement will harm UK attempts for other trade deals, such as with the US?
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“It will help to create jobs and drive economic growth throughout the whole of the UK.”
Following the news of the trade deal, Express.co.uk is asking which country the UK should prioritise next?
Should Britain focus on negotiations with the EU, the US or another country?
And who do you think will be Britain’s most important trade partner in 2021, the first year after the UK has fully left the EU?
Do you think it will be Japan, the US, the EU or another country?
Britain formally left the EU on January 31, but remains bound by its laws until the end of the transition period, which comes to an end on December 31.
There are just a handful of weeks left to secure a trade deal between the UK and EU, after Mr Johnson imposed a final deadline of October 15.