The government will introduce a new law that could change the post-Brexit customs plan with the EU – but No. 10 rejects it. It will “rip” the existing treaty.
The two sides agreed on the terms of the UK’s exit in 2019, including future trade in Northern Ireland.
Reports suggest the new law could “override” the legal force of that deal – the withdrawal agreement.
But Downing Street said it would only make “minor clarifications in highly specialized areas”.
No 10 confirmed that the UK’s new internal bill will be released on Wednesday.
The European Union has said that “full implementation” of the withdrawal agreement is a “prerequisite for negotiations on a future partnership” between the withdrawal and the UK.
The news comes early in the second week of negotiations on future trade deals.
The so-called transition period – which has been in force since the UK left the European Union in January – will end on 31 December and both parties are trying to secure an agreement to replace it.
But Boris Johnson said that if no deal was reached by October 15, both sides should “move forward” – meaning the UK would trade with the group on international trade terms.
Louis Haye, secretary of Labor’s shadow Northern Ireland secretary, said the move would not have been “very effective” if it had been a negotiating strategy, adding: “It undermines all progress over the past few months and completely jeopardizes future trade relations.” Is. ” .
The future of Northern Ireland was a major turning point during the Brexit negotiations on the withdrawal agreement.
Both sides were committed to securing the peace process – to prevent any re-int production of border checks on the island of Ireland – but to ensure that customs rules were respected and complied with.
The UK and EU settled on Northern Ireland Protocol, which will see the region continue to comply with some EU customs rules after the transition period – meaning that customs declarations will be required for goods moving from Northern Ireland to Great Britain, as well as some new ones. On goods going from Czech Great Britain to Northern Ireland.
But government sources say the new law could eliminate the need for this investigation, contradicting the protocol.
Downing Street denied the claim, saying it was still committed to the withdrawal agreement and the implementation of the Northern Irish Protocol.
A government spokesman said: “We are taking limited and reasonable steps to clarify specific elements of the Northern Ireland Protocol in local law to remove any permanent ambiguity and ensure that the local government is able to provide its commitment to the people of Northern Ireland.”
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