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Farage sides with the EU in surprise attack as he lashes out at Boris for breaking promise
October 1, 2020
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The European Commission has said it is starting legal action against the UK over the Prime Minister’s attempt to override parts of exit pact. Mr Johnson said the Internal Market Bill, which has passed through the House of Commons, aims to protect Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement. But Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Mr Johnson had failed to listen to her warnings about the Bill breaking international law.
Brexit Party leader Mr Farage was quick to savage the Withdrawal Agreement by pointing out the UK will never have a “clean break” while still tied to the EU.
He tweeted: “We can never have a clean break Brexit with an EU treaty.
“After four years of agony the time has come to just leave.”
Mr Farage added Mr Johnson should never have signed the treaty if he was unable to keep his promises.
He said: “The “oven ready deal” was an international treaty — for the EU Commission, that is like the Bible.
“Whilst the EU always acts in bad faith, all they are doing today is asking Boris to keep his promises.
“It should never have been signed in the first place.”
His stinging words come after Ms von der Leyen said “infringement proceedings” were now being launched, which are an EU legal procedure against countries that violate the bloc’s laws.
She said: “We had invited our British friends to remove the problematic parts of their draft Internal Market Bill by the end of September.
“The deadline lapsed yesterday.”
Ms von der Leyen added: “We stand by our commitments.”
Mr Johnson now has a month to reply to the Commission’s formal letter of complaint.
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A UK government spokesman replied that Britain has “clearly set out reasons” to change its Brexit treaty provisions.
But the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier wrote on Twitter that the EU
Would not agree to any new UK deal if the UK undermines the divorce treaty.
He said: “It is the result of long EU-UK negotiations and the only way to protect Good Friday Agreement, guaranteeing peace and stability on island of Ireland.”
The EU’s 27 national leaders gathering in Brussels on Thursday and Friday were also due to get an update on the progress of talks on the new trade agreement, which are nearing crunch time.
Meanwhile, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC accused the UK Government of “tearing up” the law with the Internal Market Bill and added the House of Lords could reject the Bill as being a “step too far”.
She also branded Mr Johnson and his Government “adolescent men who don’t like law and who are prepared to undermine it in their own interests”.
She told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “This is a flagrant breach of international law. Even putting this Bill through the House and passing this legislation is a breach of international law.
“We expect compliance with international law around the world, and for our Government not to be doing this is really shocking.”