British minister Michael Gove (Cabinet Affairs) announced on Monday that the law that undermines important parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement will not be scrapped. The European Union wants London to scrap the law, but according to Gove, the British want to keep the law as a safety net.
“We want to fully implement the Withdrawal Agreement,” Gove said Monday. “But the clause remains, with the support of the House of Commons, as a safety net.”
EU Commissioner Maros Sefcovic, who represents the EU when it comes to the implementation of the agreement, said on Monday that the EU does not like this. “The Withdrawal Agreement must be implemented. We cannot renegotiate it, let alone amend it unilaterally.”
In the clause, London gives itself the power to change agreements on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Boris Johnson’s government wants goods to move smoothly across the UK, while it was agreed last year that Northern Ireland would remain part of the European customs union.
As a result, products from Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales) are not allowed to simply cross over to Northern Ireland. All of this has been agreed to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
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