What’s the point! German MEP exposes plot to REJECT deal… even if Barnier supports it

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The EU has reacted with fury to the release of the bill, which threatens to tear up a previous agreement on Northern Irish customs. In an interview with Deutschland Funk, MEP and chair of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, David McAllister, claimed he and his colleagues could block the deal. If the UK’s piece of legislation passes through Parliament, Mr McAllister insisted MEPs will not ratify any potential trade agreement between the UK and EU – regardless of whether Mr Barnier, acting as chief negotiator for the bloc, signs up.

Despite the two sides facing the possibility of a no deal Brexit, coupled with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Mr McAllister warned the Internal Market Bill must be removed.

He said: “In a joint statement a few weeks ago, the parliamentary group leaders and the members of the UK Coordination Group said: If this draft law were to be passed in its current form, or if it were to violate or threaten to violate the Withdrawal Agreement in any other way, then the European Parliament would not ratify agreements between the EU and the UK on our future relationship.

“This agreement has been reached and it is now up to the British side to restore precisely these confidence-building measures so that the spirit of the Withdrawal Agreement, which is already being violated by this draft law, gets off the table.”

Officials on the continent expressed their outrage over the content of the bill due to its violation of certain provisions concerning state aid in Northern Ireland.

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Within the Internal Market Bill, the Secretary of State would also have the power to modify requirements on customs declarations for goods moving between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

He would also be able to determine the amount of state aid which is reported to the EU.

Within the withdrawal agreement, Northern Ireland is included in the EU’s state aid structure.

Due to this, Brussels has declared the new legislation violates an international agreement which was signed off by Boris Johnson in October.

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Mr McAllister added: “The announcement of the law and the reasoning behind the law was that supposedly the European Union would block food imports into Northern Ireland.

“Michel Barnier rightly and decidedly rejected that.

“Of course, the European Union needs to know what regulations a country has for food so that it can then be listed as a third country for food imports.

“This is an objective process.

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“But if the UK food import regulations are presented to us and we can examine them, then there will be absolutely no difficulty in moving goods between Great Britain and UK Northern Ireland.

“In my opinion, the entire reasoning for this draft law does not even exist, and that would actually be the appropriate reason and the appropriate occasion to then also withdraw some of the partial provisions of this draft law.”

The Prime Minister introduced the bill under the guise of protecting the integrity of the devolved nations.

Despite criticism from the EU, in support of the Prime, Michael Gove insisted the provisions within the bill would remain.

After meeting with EU Commission vice-president, Maros Sefcovic on Monday, the Cabinet Office minister stated the bill is a safety net if the two sides fail to come to an agreement.

He added: “There are those in European Union who have been concerned about clauses in Internal Market Bill but I was able to stress today these clauses are a safety net.

“We want to reach agreement in the joint committee, we want to make sure position of Northern Ireland is secure in UK, we want to make sure the withdrawal agreement is implemented in full.

“But those clauses are there, they are in legislation, supported by the House of Commons and those clauses will remain in that bill.”

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.

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