Barnier Warned Envoys of No Progress in Talks

Barnier Warned Envoys of No Progress in Talks

Sefcovic said the European Union "does not accept the argument that the aim of the draft Bill is to protect the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement".

There is a separate negotiation going on from the future relationship talks between Mr Gove and the European Commission.

Britain's decision to break global law by overwriting part of the EU Withdrawal Agreement has alarmed European leaders and threatens to scuttle the fragile negotiations on future UK-EU relations now being held in the British capital.

She added that "if the UK violates that worldwide treaty" and Brexit ends up undermining the Good Friday peace accord, there will be "absolutely no chance" of a US-UK trade agreement passing the US Congress.

EU Europe ministers will discuss Brexit and their possible next steps at their regular meeting in Brussels on September 22. The UK government says its Domestic Market Bill is a "safety net" created to prevent disruption of UK internal trade in the absence of an agreement by the end of the year.

A handful of Conservative lawmakers have signalled their opposition to the bill - with Theresa May and John Major, both former Conservative prime ministers, arguing that it would undermine global trust in the United Kingdom - but with an 80 seat majority, there is little doubt that it would be comfortable passed by the House of Commons.

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis with Boris Johnson in 2019.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is "obligated" to support the Government's latest Brexit-related bill in order to ensure Northern Ireland's peace, Michael Gove has warned.

European Union diplomats and officials said the bloc could use the Withdrawal Agreement to take legal action against Britain, though there would be no resolution before the end-of-year deadline for Britain's full exit.

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'To do that we need a legal safety net to protect our country against extreme or irrational interpretations of the protocol, which could lead to a border down the Irish Sea in a way that I believe - and I think members around the House believe - would be prejudicial to the interests of the Good Friday Agreement and prejudicial to the interests of peace in our country. "The Withdrawal Agreement and the Northern Ireland protocol aren't like any other treaty", said a spokesman for the prime minister.

And on Wednesday night, USA house speaker Nancy Pelosi reiterated her warning that there would be dire consequences if the UK's move threatened the Good Friday Agreement.

However, House of Representatives Speaker Pelosi gave short shrift to any British hopes of Congress ratifying a future trade deal if it ploughs ahead with the new Brexit bill.

It comes as former Tory prime minister Sir John Major reacted angrily to Johnson's stance on worldwide law.

Former Prime Minister John Major issued an incendiary statement in response, writing: "For generations, Britain's word - solemnly given - has been accepted by friend and foe".

"If the bill were to be adopted, it would constitute an extremely serious violation of the Withdrawal Agreement and of global law", Sefcovic said. If we lose our reputation for honouring the promises we make, we will have lost something beyond price that may never be regained'.

"I pointed out very strongly to him that this was very unsettling for Northern Ireland, that it was dragging Northern Ireland back into the centre stage", Martin told RTE radio, warning also that Johnson had eroded trust with the EU.

He said: 'If you fail to get a deal, Prime Minister, you own that failure'.

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