The British government is openly planning a breach of the law at Brexit. The EU, but also Tory MPs, are appalled. Now there is an ultimatum.
- The corona pandemic overshadowed a lot in 2020 – nonetheless, the schedule for a successful Brexit is getting tighter.
- Boris Johnson’s government has now rocked the EU with an elusive announcement.
- Britain is openly planning a breach of international law. The House of Commons could pass a delicate law.
- The EU is giving the British government an ultimatum to deviate from its plans again. Meanwhile, it concludes a trade agreement with Japan.
Update from September 15th: The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is with its highly controversial plan for Changes to the Brexit treaty took a step forward. The House of Commons in London voted on Monday evening with a large majority in the first reading for the corresponding bill. However, it was only the first procedural step. In the chamber there are now several days of debates on the project, which is also controversial in Johnson’s own conservative party.
340 MEPs voted in favor of the bill, against 263. The draft is a new internal market law that would unilaterally amend the Brexit treaty concluded with the EU in January. A Uprising in Johnson’s own faction against the project This did not happen for the time being. But the vote only paved the way for four days of intensive parliamentary deliberations this week and the next.
How these deliberations will end remains uncertain. The changes planned by Johnson to the Brexit Treaty would also need the approval of the House of Lords, the House of Lords, should they pass the House of Commons. There – as in parts of the House of Commons – there are fears that the changes will result in the UK’s international credibility would be damaged.
The British government surprisingly announced the new plans just a few days ago. This would create several Key provisions in the Brexit treaty on Northern Ireland undermined. It concerns the suspension of customs regulations in the trade in goods for the British province and of requirements on state aid for British companies.
Update from September 11th, 3:35 p.m .: The Negotiations between the EU and Great Britain on the implementation of the Brexit treaty turn out to be difficult. Meanwhile, has Prime Minister Boris Johnson proudly on Twitter Trade agreement With Japan proclaimed.
“We have regained control of our trade policy and will continue to prosper as a trading nation outside the EU,” said Johnson, commenting on the agreement with the Asian state. The agreement stipulates that 99 percent of the goods and services traded between the two countries should remain duty-free in the future. It should in force on January 1, 2021 to step.
The UK has just signed a major Free Trade Agreement with Japan. 🇬🇧🇯🇵
Congratulations to @trussliz and all who took part in these negotiations.
We have taken back control of our trade policy & will continue to thrive as a trading nation outside the EU. https://t.co/2wgFAjC5T3
– Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) September 11, 2020
Brexit: UK signs trade deal with Japan
The British Minister for International Trade, Liz Truss, and Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi concluded the trade agreement in a video conference on Friday. The trade volume of both countries is to be increased from around 30 billion pounds in 2019 by 15.2 billion pounds (16.5 billion euros).
UK’s current trade relations with Japan are still based on that EU free trade agreement with the country from Asia. Due to the Brexit of Great Britain and the associated withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU at the end of December, both countries need one own contract.
Brexit: Johnson wants to enforce breach of law by law – EU is now responding with an ultimatum
Update from September 10th, 5:29 p.m .: After it became known earlier in the week that the British government unilaterally passed the in January Brexit treaty wants to change, threatens the EU now with Consequences. She calls on the British government to immediately withdraw the plans. The project “seriously damaged” trust between the two sides, said the EU commission on Thursday. Also a ultimatum was given. The British government must withdraw the plans by the end of the month. The authority pointed out that the EU will also “not shrink back” from legal action.
Before that was the Commission Vice-President Marcos Sefcovic Traveled to London on Thursday to seek clarification from the UK government. To do this, he met the British State Secretary for Cabinet Affairs, Michael Gove. The argument broke out because Great Britain wanted to change the suspension of customs regulations in trade in goods for the province of Northern Ireland and the requirements for state aid to British companies.
Brexit negotiations: Manfred Weber warns of “no deal”
Update from September 10, 9:49 a.m.: Manfred Weber, the chairman of EPP Group in the European Parliament, has before breaking off negotiations on a Free trade agreement between the EU and the UK warned. “A “No Deal “ is becoming more realistic every day – and everyone feels that too, ”he explained CSU politician on Thursday on Deutschlandfunk. Nevertheless, he advises prudence. The EU must stay at the negotiating table. “We are not the ones who should break off the talks.”
The British government wants parts of the applicable Brexit agreement lever out. The content is about controversial contractual clauses on Northern Ireland. They are supposed to prevent between the British part of the country Northern Ireland and the EU country Ireland a fixed border arises and the old conflicts break out again.
From Weber’s point of view, this announcement means “that we are running towards a hard limit”. The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed the contract myself. Weber cannot believe that this should suddenly no longer be binding. “That would also mean a big blow to the reputation of Great Britain internationally.”
First report from September 9th:
London / Brussels – The Brexit-Negotiations go into a hot phase again – and according to announcements from London a crashing failure does not seem to be ruled out. The government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson has brought a law in motion that will help the painstakingly negotiated Withdrawal agreement with the EU could torpedo again.
Brexit crazy: Johnson’s State Secretary openly admits plan for breaking the law – but only “in a limited way”
Among other things, this involves customs regulations for the British province of Northern Ireland. The British Northern Ireland Secretary of State Brandon Lewis had openly admitted on Tuesday (September 8th) that the project violated “international law” – in his words only “in a very specific and limited way”. Now there is great concern. Partly on both sides of the English Channel.
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was “very concerned” about the British government’s plans on Wednesday. The intention to break the withdrawal treaty violates international law and undermines trust in Great Britain, said von der Leyen on Wednesday Twitter. “Contracts are to be kept,” she demanded. This principle is also “the foundation” for the future relationship that both sides are currently negotiating.
Very concerned about announcements from the British government on its intentions to breach the Withdrawal Agreement. This would break international law and undermines trust. Pacta sunt servanda = the foundation of prosperous future relations.
– Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) September 9, 2020
Vice President Maros Sefcovic announced that he would convene a special meeting of the committee responsible for the Brexit treaty with Great Britain because of the procedure. It should take place “as soon as possible” so that the British government can take a position on the “great concern” of the EU. “We see the announcement with concern,” said a spokeswoman for the Foreign Office in Berlin.
Brexit: Johnson defends planned breach of law – May warns of dire consequences for Great Britain
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has meanwhile defended his actions in parliament. “The law will protect jobs, secure growth and enable the functioning and security of the UK internal market,” he said on Wednesday in London. His government wanted one that day Draft law to amend the agreement bring to parliament.
Johnson also received criticism from its own ranks. Unraveling the exit agreement and breaking international laws go “against everything we believe in,” said the Tory MP Tobias Ellwood of the BBC.
It was even more drastic Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May. “In view of its future international partners, how can the government assure that they can trust that Britain will comply with the legal obligations in signed agreements?” She asked on Tuesday with regard to the plans.
Brexit: “No Deal” looming – dispute over fisheries, economy and law enforcement
If no contract on future relationships is successful, there could be a severe economic break with tariffs and other trade barriers in early 2021. Issues such as fisheries, rules for economic development and law enforcement are particularly contentious. The schedule for the exit is now extremely tight *. (AFP / dpa / fn) *Merkur.de is part of the Ippen-Digital network.
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