Boris Johnson is reportedly drawing up new legislation that will override the Brexit withdrawal agreement on Northern Ireland – a move that risks the collapse of trade negotiations with the European Union.
Eighth round UK-EU future relationship negotiations: 8-10 September 2020
Agreement Brexit, Minister want override plan over withdraw deal.
One such on deal with Irish borders.
New legislation over ride Brexit
Boris Johnson has told the EU that a free trade deal must be done by 15 October, otherwise the UK will “move on”.
The prime minister said Britain was entering the “final phase” of negotiations, which resume on Tuesday.
“The EU have been very clear about the timetable. I am too. There needs to be an agreement with our European friends by the time of the European Council on 15 October if it’s going to be in force by the end of the year.
Mr Johnson continued: “We will of course always be ready to talk to our EU friends even in these circumstances. We will be ready to find sensible accommodations on practical issues such as flights, lorry transport, or scientific cooperation, if the EU wants to do that.
“Our door will never be closed and we will trade as friends and partners – but without a free trade agreement.”