The bill on the internal market goes back, in assumed violation of international law, on the provisions of the agreement governing the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union last January for the British province of Northern Ireland. These clauses are intended to avoid the return of a border with the Republic of Ireland, a safeguard considered essential to the maintenance of peace on the island. They had led to the launch of an infringement procedure by Brussels.
At the end of a meeting on Monday in Brussels, British Minister Michael Gove, responsible for coordinating government activity, and Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic “can now announce an agreement in principle on all subjects , in particular concerning the protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland “, they indicate in a joint statement.
The British government will therefore withdraw the controversial articles of its law, which deprived Brussels of a right of scrutiny over certain specific provisions adopted for Northern Ireland concerning public aid and customs declarations to be completed for goods moving between British province and Great Britain, it is specified.
He will also withdraw an article from another bill due to be considered soon by the debut concerning taxation in Northern Ireland.
On Twitter, Mr. Sefcovic welcomed this agreement: “This will allow (the Brexit treaty concluded in 2019) to be fully operational on January 1”.
For London, the purpose of the bill was to defend in reaction the territorial integrity of the United Kingdom by ensuring the continuity of trade between Great Britain and the province of Northern Ireland.
As trade talks stumble just over three weeks away from the final break with the EU on December 31, this gesture is akin to a concession made in Brussels, where British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to surrender ” in the coming days “.