Western Mail

Britain’s plans on deal spark ‘concern’


THE European Commission has called for urgent talks with Britain as the Government set out its plans to override key elements of the Brexit deal signed by Boris Johnson.

Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said she was “very concerned” following the tabling in Parliament of the UK Internal Market Bill, which ministers have admitted will breach internatio­nal law.

Ministers have argued legislatio­n is necessary to protect the Northern Ireland peace process if the two sides are unable to agree a free trade deal before the current Brexit transition period runs out at the end of the year.

However, commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic said he was seeking an urgent meeting of the joint EU-UK committee on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement to enable the British to “elaborate” on their plans.

He said: “The Withdrawal Agreement is not open for renegotiat­ion and we expect the letter and the spirit of the Withdrawal Agreement will be fully respected. I think on that we have to be very, very clear.”

Mrs von der Leyen tweeted: “Very concerned about announceme­nts from the British government on its intentions to breach the Withdrawal Agreement. This would break internatio­nal law and undermines trust.”

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