European Parliament political leaders condemn UK proposed Internal Market Bill

'The Internal Market Bill gravely damages the trust and credibility that the European Parliament has already said is “an essential element of any negotiation”, thus putting at risk the ongoing negotiations on the future relationship.'

The UK Coordination Group and the leaders of the political groups of the European Parliament issued a joint statement on Saturday demanding "full implementation of all provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement, including the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland."

Should the UK authorities breach – or threaten to breach – the Withdrawal Agreement, through the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill in its current form or in any other way, the European Parliament will, under no circumstances, ratify any agreement between the EU and the UK.

Joint statement by UKCG and EP political group leaders

Meanwhile, former UK Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Sir John Major have joined forces to urge Parliament to reject what they call Boris Johnson's "shameful" attempt to override parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. They have accused the government of "embarrassing" the UK.



The Internal Market Bill will be debated during a second reading in the House of Commons on Monday.

The bill would go against the Withdrawal Agreement, signed by the UK and EU earlier this year.

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