Boris Johnson’s “oven-ready” Brexit deal has come out half-baked. In December 2019, Johnson campaigned to win election on the promise he had an EU withdrawal deal ready to go. However, now the British government has brazenly admitted it intends to break international law to wiggle out of the treaty, proposing domestic legislation to override an agreement the Prime Minister had last year been selling to British voters as a “great deal for our country”.

The EU has warned the UK that trade talks are in danger of collapsing unless the UK withdraws its proposed law by the end of September 2020. The UK government has refused. Prime Minister Johnson is now facing a rebellion within his own Conservative party over the new legislation; the devolved administrations in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales are likely to withhold legislative consent, plunging the UK into a constitutional crisis; and the EU is considering taking legal action.

The European Commission says the UK has “seriously damaged trust” with its latest move. Clearly, the EU would prefer a deal with the UK. However, if Brussels does nothing and allows Britain to break an international agreement with no negative repercussions, then other countries (both inside and outside the EU) may be encouraged to try the same thing. It would send a message that treaties with the EU can be modified unilaterally, undermining the rules-based approach the EU tries to promote.

Can the EU still trust the UK to stick to deals? Are the UK-EU trade trade talks about to collapse? Has Brexit damaged the UK’s international reputation? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

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What do YOU think?

  1. avatar
    David

    They couldnt from the very first day its not now that they can Polititions are polititions and they want votes and full pockets but this time the people of the UK have seen through them so they are desperate

  2. avatar
    George

    As much as we can trust USA.
    EU is starting to look as being naive, occupied by foreign forces, toothless and corrupt.

    • avatar
      Karel

      Who keeps a deal with the EU? Turkey? Nope. UK? Nope. Etc.

  3. avatar
    Michał

    This might be a good time to move to the South Pacific.

  4. avatar
    Olivier

    UK never respect any deal… It is a British gene…

  5. avatar
    Drogeanu

    …maybe BoJo is not the UK…

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      Javi

      YES

  6. avatar
    Antonio

    No, let’s move forward with a lovely NO DEAL

  7. avatar
    Venko

    EU start to prepare for No deal, before Covid -19. UK as well. UK going out from EU without deal – that’s is for sure. Deal – that’s mean a lots of work now – and British are lazy. No deal – that’s a lot’s of work, more than now, but is for later on. UK will think and act, when they are in situation without choice. Is good for EU to prepare paperwork and border for No deal.

  8. avatar
    Irene

    Neither the EU nor the rest of the world.

  9. avatar
    Michael

    No. They’ve gone the way of the US in that regard. Except this isn’t even due to a change in government. It’s the same government reneging their own agreement.

  10. avatar
    UknownWarrior

    I think that Britain should rejoin the EU and they should make one application for membership with Iceland and Norway.
    However Ireland has to dispute the membership of Britain regarding the Irish issue with Northern Ireland. Ireland should get united and then Britain can rejoin the EU with Norway and Iceland together.
    Brussels should also attract Lichtenstein to join the European Union.

  11. avatar
    Paul

    It’s rather easy, and to be expected, that a lot of people will react to these rather simplistic headlines in a negative way.
    My guess is that few have read the Withdrawal Agreement, and fewer would have read the Internal Market bill that’s just been presented to UK parliament.
    The first question is whether the latter in fact breaches International Law (notwithstanding the rather clumsy statements made by a junior minister).
    Article 28 in the WA states that notwithstanding the agreement, the UK parliament remains sovereign.
    It also states that if the adoption of the NI protocol results in adverse impact (socially, economically) then either side may take unilateral action to mitigate that.
    It also stresses in several paragraphs that the WA pre-supposes that both sides will work in good faith to expedite future trading arrangements to facilitate free and easy movement of goods.
    Finally the Internal Market bill is an enabling bill…ie it gives powers to uk government to take action under certain circumstances…it doesn’t apply any action immediately.
    So, have they broken any law….no.
    If the powers suggested are used, do they break the WA….no…or at least, it remains arguable, depending on the circumstances.
    Do any of the provisions in the current bill conflict with the Belfast Agreement….no.
    So the Uk hasn’t “broken” any law…not does it necessarily intend to….that’s not to say that the bill is without faults and consequently is likely to be modified…the obvious change would be to ensure that any invocation of powers is made by parliament, not by SI or government edict.
    This whole conflab could be negated if the EU were to make good on their previous promise to agree a Canada style FTA without all the caveats they now want to apply.

  12. avatar
    Will

    Yes. Obviously this is a necessary one off. Stop being drama queens

    • avatar
      Carla

      Should say 2 MPs.

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      Carla

      the sad thing it has cleared its first hurdle in the commons. It seems only one mp had principles to vote against it.

  13. avatar
    Catherine Benning

    Can the EU still trust the UK to stick to deals?

    Which deals are those supposed to be? Does we know? Any of these deals we hear thrown around for example. Most of these ideals began in collusion with the UN? When researched you find they originated in the USA. A place where Europeans have no chance of electing those put up to speak for them? Therefore, find we are pushed to follow along working for us or not. Finding we are without a voice in these matter and as a result without democracy on the European continent who, under globalism, follow suit. Does the EU stick to their promises? If so which promises are those all wrapped up in Treaties none of us are aware of? Anyone know?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQXHc-tJMXM&ab_channel=HooverInstitution

    Food for thought perhaps!

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      UknownWarrior

      @Cathrine Benning,
      If I was in Ireland’s position I would dispute Northern Ireland with the UK and once the dispute is over and Ireland is united then can Britain rejoin the European Union in one application with Iceland and Norway.

      I think it is just fair that Ireland should be united as one country, after all they are the same people. Ireland should veto the membership of the in the EU unless they release Northern Ireland. This is my opinion and of course Norway and Iceland should become full members of the European Community !!!!

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      UknownWarrior

      @Cathrine Benning,
      If I was in Ireland’s position I would negotiate Northern Ireland with the UK and once the problem is solved and Ireland is united then can Britain rejoin the European Union in one application with Iceland and Norway.

      I think it is just fair that Ireland should be united as one country, after all they are the same people. Ireland should veto the membership of the in the EU unless they release Northern Ireland. This is my opinion and of course Norway and Iceland should become full members of the European Community !!!!

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      catherine benning

      @ UknownWarrior

      Thank you for your post. I did answer you in depth regarding your analysis of the Irish question. Somehow, It was not considered an appropriate answer by the rob ots. The solu tion was too imag inative perhaps.

  14. avatar
    Catherine Benning

    @ UknownWarrior

    The people of Northern Ireland are a savvy bunch, as are the people of Scotland. I would not have the gaul to suggest I know as much as they about their life and future desires or prospects. However, all Northern Irish, as well as Scots, must take into account the future the EU offers them as a people. And ask themselves if those policies are the best collective moves to take for them?

    What is disquieting for them is having to once again bear the prospect of savage warring from Southern Ireland, should that group take into mind warring in their Irish protestant community again. If you are unaware of the trials of that period look it up. You too would wonder if that was the way to go. And even with Southern Ireland as part of the EU it would not hold them back.

    However, as important, is the economic prospect of being a member of the EU, separate from the UK. NI is well funded being part of the UK. Would they be as ‘well off’ under Southern Irish demands as part of the EU? I don’t think so, look at so many States within the EU block akin to Greece and Italy for example. Northern Ireland will loose their freedoms offered as part of Westminster sovereignty and under true democratic law. They will also loose all UK funding as a privileged part of the UK. As will Scotland, should they too feel their economic prospects will be better served outside the UK. This includes EU immigration lack of control under EU open door policy. In other words, they will be overwhelmed with migrants entering via Southern Ireland, wanting to reach the UK and as a result have to house, feed, educate and treat them, on a daily basis, for it will be against British law to enter the UK the way it is now, once we disconnect from that policy. Again, they must look directly at what is happening in Greece, Italy and many other EU countries, who are impoverished by this mass movement of peoples. Are they going to be happy with that?… Many other issues arise but it would fill the entire thread to address them. I am sure you follow the gist.

    The best solution, I believe, is for all the peoples of Ireland to unite with the UK, with whom they are blood partners. And become a powerful trader, united with us for a prosperous future, trading with the world but retaining freedoms of true democracy as part of a strong force. That way they remain the healthy, Irish, talented people they have always been. Not a colourless stagnant group we already observe within a stultified European idealism, only serving a Franco/German money machine. For, if they join the South, that is what they will be. Cast aside when found to be needy, just the way the EU do today with those countries who do not thrive under their stifling rule.

    This stiff guy gives a little insight.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF-C6n1FIP4&ab_channel=JeffTaylor

  15. avatar
    Julia

    As long as conservatives and Eton graduates run the UK they will lie, break deals and break promises.

  16. avatar
    Tony

    The world dont trust the UK now , they are a joke

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