Brexit changes will override parts of Withdrawal Agreement
Written by on 9 September 2020
Ministers are planning to override parts of the Brexit deal with a bill that could be “inconsistent” with the EU Withdrawal Agreement.
The controversial Internal Market Bill has been published after the government admitted yesterday it planned to “break international law”.
The key components would see ministers hand themselves the power to determine rules on on state aid and goods travelling between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
The bill says: “Certain provisions to have effect notwithstanding inconsistency or incompatibility with international or other domestic law”.
It immediately drew sharp criticism from EU Council President Ursulla Von-der Leyen, who said: “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.”