Bill Cash claims UK ‘entitled to terminate’ withdrawal agreement as EU ‘breaches’ treaty

Brexit: UK 'entitled to terminate' WAB says Bill Clash

Sir Bill Cash has mounted a furious defence of the UK Government against concerns regarding the Internal Market Bill’s ability to override the Brexit withdrawal agreement. The Conservative MP explained that, in his judgement, the EU had “breached” Article 184 of the withdrawal agreement, which is the negotiating in good faith clause. This comes after the controversial Internal Market Bill suffered a heavy defeat in the House of Lords.

Sir Bill told the Commons: “The EU has multiplied that manifestly over the last few days in the way they have demonstrated their refusal to accept the manner in which the negotiations have been conducted so far.

“There’s also the question of their demands on retention of power over crucial aspects of our sovereignty as a precondition to concessions on trade.

“They’ve also, in my judgement, breached Article 184 on the basis of the recognition, as they put it, of our internal market.

“I believe that the basic principle that one party through a treaty cannot obtain from the other the execution of its obligation if it does not respect its own commitment.”

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He continued: “On that basis, I believe that if they continue in these negotiations on the basis that they have so far, then the UK would actually be entitled to terminate the withdrawal agreement on the basis of the EU’s breach of Article 184.

“The EU, as well as the EU member states, frequently violate international law.

“They’ve defied Security Council rulings and broke the Lisbon Treaty, just as a few examples.

“Indeed the EU itself grants supremacy according to its own constitutional principles when in conflict with international law.”

Brexit: Johnson and von der Leyen release trade talks statement

The Government has now suggested that it is ready to revoke controversial clauses from the Internal Market Bill.

The Prime Minister and the European Commission President spoke over the phone today to assess the status of negotiations.

In a joint statement following the talks, they said that the conditions for finalising a post-Brexit deal are “not there” with differences still to be discussed.

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Ursula von der Leyen has since tweeted: “With Boris Johnson, we took stock of the negotiations. The conditions for an agreement are not there due to remaining differences on critical issues.

“We asked our Chief Negotiators to prepare an overview of the remaining differences to be discussed in person in the coming days.”

Boris Johnson’s account tweeted: “This evening I spoke with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

“We have asked our Chief Negotiators and their teams to prepare an overview of the remaining differences to be discussed in a physical meeting in Brussels in the coming days.”

With less than a month until the transition period deadline, time is quickly running out for an agreement to be secured.

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