European Parliament threatens to block EU-UK trade deal

The European Parliament is threatening to block any new EU-UK trade deal unless Britain fully implements its earlier divorce deal with the bloc, an official familiar with a looming statement by MEPs has reportedly told Reuters.

Parliamentarians must approve any new EU trade deal with Britain for it to be enacted.

The official said the statement was due to have been published on Friday in the name of the parliament’s Brexit steering group and the heads of the parliamentary political factions.

The lawmakers drafted their statement after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government refused to revoke a plan to break the divorce treaty with the bloc, sending the troubled Brexit process into a new crisis.

Meanwhile, the Internal Market Bill, which will be formally debated in the House of Commons for the first time on Monday, addresses the Northern Ireland Protocol - the part of the Brexit withdrawal agreement designed to prevent a hard border returning to the island of Ireland.

If enacted into law it would give UK ministers powers to modify or "disapply" rules relating to the movement of goods between Britain and Northern Ireland that will come into force from 1st January, if the UK and EU are unable to strike a trade deal.

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