The Prime Minister is planning new legislation that could override parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement. The proposed internal market bill could “eliminate the legal force of parts” of the agreement such as state aid and Northern Ireland protocol.
Key sections of the Bill, which will formalise trading rules within the British isles from next year, risk overriding several elements of the treaty agreed with Brussels.
Although Mr Johnson has insisted the UK is committed to the agreement, an exclusive Express.co.uk claimed the Prime Minister is not bluffing about threats to tear up the agreement.
The poll, which ran from 9am to 9pm on September 8, asked, “Do you think the Boris Johnson is bluffing with threats to rip up the Withdrawal Agreement?”
5,979 respondents voted in the poll, with 79 percent (4,663) saying the Prime Minister is not bluffing.
One person wrote: “Surely if the WA was drafted and signed before NO DEAL was envisaged then putting that new scenario into the mix means parts of the WA is going to be in direct conflict with our trade relationship with Northern Ireland?
“Many Treaties and Agreements get amended as and when situations change.”
Another said: “He’s got no choice but to change parts of it, the trade rules in Ireland for the EU and UK mainland are contradictory, working against each other.”
Another person simply put it: “We should have WALKED AWAY months ago and stopped all this pointless faffing about.”
“All the threats and all the bluster – typical of a May/Cameron clone.”
The reports have sparked a furious backlash from the European Union.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the issue revolved around “trust”.
She threatened not to do business with Britain if the country renegades on the WA, which Brussels insists is legally binding.
Mrs von der Leyen wrote on Twitter: “I trust the British Government to implement the Withdrawal Agreement, an obligation under international law and prerequisite for any future partnership.
“Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland is essential to protect peace and stability on the island and the integrity of the Single Market.”
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis admitted the proposed plans do break international law.
While speaking to the Commons today, Mr Lewis said: “Yes this does break international law in a very specific and limited way.
“We are taking the power to dis-apply the EU concept of direct effect required by Article 4 in a certain, very tightly defined circumstances.”
He added that “there are clear precedents for the UK and indeed other countries needing to consider their international obligations as circumstances change”.
Published at Tue, 08 Sep 2020 19:59:00 +0000