British PM sets deadline for agreement with EU

British PM sets deadline for agreement with EU

Sections of the internal market bill, due to be published on Wednesday, are expected to "eliminate the legal force of parts of the withdrawal agreement" in areas including state aid and Northern Ireland customs, the Financial Times newspaper said on Monday, citing three people familiar with the plans.

European Parliament president David Sassoli added: "Any attempts by the United Kingdom to undermine the agreement would have serious consequences".

In a statement on Monday, Johnson gave an EU summit on 15 October as the deadline for an EU-UK trade deal to be agreed in order to be ratified before the UK's transitional period expires at the end of 2020.

Sterling fell back by around 0.87 percent versus the dollar and was about 0.73 percent lower against the European single currency.

London has urged Brussels to show "more realism" about dealing with a heavyweight economic power on its newly shrunk borders, and indicated it will not compromise on its demands.

Nearly four years after its creation The New European goes from strength to strength across print and online, offering a pro-European perspective on Brexit and reporting on the political response to the coronavirus outbreak, climate change and global politics.

Also on Monday, the European Union warned the United Kingdom that any attempt to row back on its Brexit commitments could jeopardise a future trade agreement and put at risk hard-won peace on the island of Ireland.

Mr Lewis replied: "I would say to (Sir Bob) that yes this breaks global law in a very specific and limited way".

Britain is heading into a fresh round of Brexit trade talks acknowledging it could break worldwide law but only in "a limited way" after reports it may undercut its divorce treaty with the European Union.

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi a year ago warned a deal between London and Washington would be dead on arrival in Congress if the peace accord that ended decades of bloodshed in Northern Ireland was undermined.

It would be "very hard to enter into a trade negotiation with a party that would have just ripped up a very important agreement to us", he told BBC radio.

There was criticism at home in Britain, too, with former prime minister Theresa May and the main opposition Labour party both expressing alarm.

He spoke as two of the U.K.'s most senior legal advisers quit: Jonathan Jones, the top government lawyer for the past six years, and Rowena Collins Rice, director general of the Attorney General's office.

Reports have suggested that the government is looking to bring in changes which would override parts of the withdrawal agreement with the EU.

The British government said it was working "in good faith" to implement the agreed border provisions but was "considering fallback options in the event this is not achieved". "If we don't take these steps we face legal confusion at the end of the year".

The British government's claim that it has only now found problems with the protocol prompted disbelief from opposition parties.

The European Commission president was buoyed to hear Mr Johnson express his commitment to finding a deal during their high-level meeting.

Congressman Brendan Boyle, Richard Neal and US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi at Bridgened in Co Donegal with crosses the border into the Republic of Ireland, as part of her four-day visit to Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The move could change the nature of new Northern Ireland customs arrangements meant to prevent a return to checks at the border between the North and South.

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