Former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and John Major, in an open letter in The Sunday Times, call on Members of Parliament to reject the new Brexit law passed by Prime Minister Johnson.
According to the former prime ministers, Johnson‘s attempt to unilaterally amend the brexit agreement is a disgrace to the United Kingdom. They call Johnson’s proposal ‘irresponsible, wrong in principle and dangerous in practice’.
Blair and Major fear, among other things, for the situation in Northern Ireland and for negotiations with the EU on a trade agreement. “It calls into question the integrity of our nation,” they write. Labour politician Blair and the Conservative Major have previously spoken out against the brexit.
In January, the UK concluded the brexit deal with the EU. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Johnson presented a law to add unilateral adjustments to that agreement.
The status of Northern Ireland is particularly important. Johnson does not want the movement of goods between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom to be burdened with additional controls or other restrictions. That runs counter to the agreement with the EU that border traffic between Northern Ireland and Ireland should be unimpeded.
According to the EU, this means that checks must be carried out at the border between Northern Ireland and the other parts of the United Kingdom.
Threat of chaos
Tomorrow, the brexit adjustments will be discussed in the British Parliament.
The EU has warned Johnson to throw the brexit changes in the bin before the end of the month. Otherwise there is a threat of sanctions, said Brussels, as the British would be in breach of contract. After all, the divorce agreement between the EU countries and the UK 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. Should the parties fail to come to an agreement, the ways of the European Union and the United Kingdom on 1 January without a trade agreement will separate. Many fear chaos at the borders.