The UK’s plan to move forward next Monday with legislation against the previous Brexit deal is a “negotiating tactic” that should not distract European Union negotiators.
The upper house of the UK parliament voted last month to remove the controversial clauses from the Project on the Internal Market Law, but the government plans to reinstate them in the lower house next Monday, as soon as trade negotiations with the Union European Union reach a critical moment.
“The problem with this legislation could go away if we can get the negotiations to focus on the substance,” Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said in an interview.
The British government has openly admitted that the clauses are in violation of international law. The European Union has repeatedly expressed its outrage at the legislation, and the issue has contributed to the harshness of trade negotiations.
The Internal Market Law sparked fury in the Union when it was first introduced because it removed the terms of the Brexit agreement signed by both parties in January. London says that the rejected clauses are a “safety net” to prevent the Union from advancing complex customs agreements with Ireland, a member of the Union, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, in a way that would limit trade UK domestic market.
The return of the project to the House of Commons is extremely sensitive, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson must speak with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to reach an agreement or agree not to sign it.
The House of Commons is almost certain to vote in favor of reinstating the clauses since Johnson has a large majority. But the project will return to the House of Lords next Wednesday.
Simon Coveney believes that this kind of ‘game’ of the British Prime Minister is just a way of putting pressure on the Union and making it appear that there is a red line that the United Kingdom intends not to step on. But Ireland’s belief – or at least part of the government of Ireland – is that the UK will eventually ‘calm down’ and let the negotiations proceed to an understanding, otherwise the two parties will create a problem that in the future, it will be even more difficult to solve.
Furthermore, everyone involved knows that the border between the two Irish women is one of the most sensitive areas of European geography, and certainly no British Prime Minister wants to go down in history as the leader who managed to end the peace, which took so many years to be achieved.
Source: Jornal Económico