British MPs on Tuesday approved a controversial bill that partially overturns the United Kingdom’s exit agreement from the European Union (EU) and angered the EU in full post-Brexit negotiations.
The proposed Internal Market law in the United Kingdom had already been passed in general and in particular, although the British Government gave in to pressure from a group of conservative deputies and agreed to give parliament the last word in deciding whether or not to act on the provisions. text.
Aimed at replacing European standards with rules for trade between the different regions of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) after leaving the EU, the legislation gives the British executive powers to ignore clauses that are in the Agreement.
At issue are issues such as the filing of export declarations or customs controls between the British province of Northern Ireland and Great Britain, the island where England, Scotland, and Wales are located.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson argued that this legislation is a “safety net” to protect the country’s integrity from “extremist or irrational interpretations of the Protocol, which could result in a border in the Irish Sea”.
Brussels reiterated this week the request for the Government to remove the “disputing parts” of the proposed law by the end of September, which London refused.
However, today the ninth round of negotiations for a post-Brexit trade agreement has started, which runs until Friday.
Mid-October is considered the deadline for reaching an understanding, otherwise, the absence of an agreement will result in customs tariffs on trade between the United Kingdom and the European bloc as of January 1, 2021.