Brussels warns Brits: stop unilateral brexit agreement adjustment

British Prime Minister Johnsons plans to amend the Brexit Agreement must be scrapped as soon as possible, at least by the end of the month. That is what Commissioner Maros Sefcovic said following consultations in London with British Brexit Minister Michael Gove.

Sefcovic went on to say that the bill that came out yesterday has seriously damaged trust between the European Union and the United Kingdom. It is now up to London to repair that breach.

The stumbling block is the draft law in which London reserves the right to amend unilaterally the agreements reached on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland (which remains in the UK).

Obstacles

In order to avoid another hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland once the EU and the UK are finally separated next year, it has been agreed that the EU rules will continue to apply to Northern Ireland. The British want to get rid of this clause as a no-deal brexit would lead to additional customs controls and charges between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

If London does not repeal the law, sanctions from Brussels are imminent, as the British will be in breach of contract. After all, the divorce agreement between the EU countries and the United Kingdom has been signed by both parties and is therefore binding.

The new quarrel is sharpening the debate on a trade agreement that should enter into force on 1 January. If both parties fail to come to an agreement, then the European Union and the United Kingdom will be on separate paths on 1 January without a trade agreement. Many fear chaos at the borders.