EU Ambassador to the UK João Vale de Almeida said the bill, which is having its second reading in the House of Commons, is both “illegal and unrealistic”.
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Hardline Tory Brexiteers are expected to support the Government’s plan to suspend trading rules in Northern Ireland after Brexit.
Legal analysis of the draft law by experts at the European Research Group concluded that it “adequately strengthens” the Good Friday Agreement, which ended decades of sectarian violence in the region.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will tell MPs on Monday that new legislation will fix the problems caused by parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol and will help keep the peace deal going.
But the move has angered other Tories, including former Prime Minister Theresa May, who believe it violates international law and undermines Britain’s global reputation.
The EU Ambassador to the UK, João Vale de Almeida, also said that the bill, which is on second reading in the House of Commons, is both “illegal and unrealistic”.
He told Sky News: “I’m afraid the government path is very likely unfortunately a path to nowhere and that’s something we want to avoid…
“We’re not opposed to it, but we’ve read it very carefully and, to be honest, we think it’s both illegal and unrealistic.
“It’s illegal because it’s a breach of international law, a breach of EU law, UK law and international law.
“It is a treaty that we in this country have signed, ratified and even passed through general elections.
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“We also think it’s unrealistic because it’s not a real alternative to the protocol.”
But Ms Truss will tell MPs: “Our overriding priority is protecting the Good Friday Agreement, the bedrock of peace and stability in Northern Ireland – it looks like the protocol is undermining that delicate balance.
“This legislation will solve the problems the Protocol created by ensuring goods can flow freely within the UK while avoiding a hard border and protecting the EU’s single market.
“A negotiated solution was and is our preference, but the EU continues to rule out changing the protocol itself – even though it is obviously causing serious problems in Northern Ireland – which means we have an obligation to act.”
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