7pm Brexit latest: Gove hopes for progress with deal within weeks as EU threatens to SUE Britain over law breach

MICHAEL Gove attended 'emergency' talks with EU representatives today.

Gove expressed his hopes for progress with a deal within weeks, adding that it was “not for me to speculate on chances of success.”

The Cabinet Office minister spoke with Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, who has demanded Boris withdraw alterations to the new markets bill before the end of the month or face legal sanctions.

It follows criticism of the Internal Market Bill published yesterday, which sets out trade terms for the four UK nations after December 31 when the post-Brexit transition period ends.

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  • 'POWER GRAB'

    A Bill designed to give the UK Government more powers to spend in Wales after Brexit is not a “power grab” by Westminster, the Welsh Secretary has insisted.

    The Welsh Government accused its UK counterpart of planning to steal powers from the devolved administrations with the publication of the Internal Market Bill.

    The Bill transfers powers from the EU to the UK Government to spend on areas such as economic development, infrastructure and sport and would replace existing EU funding programmes.

    Welsh Secretary Simon Hart told the Welsh Affairs Select Committee he was “mystified” at the reaction from Cardiff and accused the administration of playing “politics”.

    “I think I was probably more mystified than surprised, if there is a difference, because I don't recognise some of the accusations being made about the UK Internal Markets Bill,” Mr Hart said.

    “The accusation by the Welsh Government was that this was a power grab.

    “That's the mystifying bit for me because Welsh Government will actually have 70 additional powers as a consequence of this process than they currently have.”

  • 'WOULD NOT AND COULD NOT'

    Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove has said he told the European Commission vice president that the Government “would not and could not” withdraw its Internal Market Bill.

  • EU TELLS UK TO SCRAP PLAN FOR BREXIT TREATY BREACH, UK REFUSES

    The European Union told Britain on Thursday it should urgently scrap a plan to break their divorce treaty but Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government refused and pressed ahead with a draft law that could sink four years of Brexit talks.

    With chances growing of a messy end to Britain's departure from the EU, the European Commission said London would be committing “an extremely serious violation” of last year's Withdrawal Agreement if it went ahead with proposed legislation.

    After emergency talks between Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic and Britain's Brexit supremo Michael Gove, the EU said Britain's proposal had “seriously damaged trust” which London must now take steps to re-establish.

  • GOVE HOPES FOR PROGRESS IN WEEKS AHEAD

    The Minister of the Cabinet Office Michael Gove says he hopes we will see progress in the weeks ahead but that it was “not for me to speculate on chances of success.”

  • EU COMISSION SAYS 'TRUST IS GONE' AFTER MARKETS BILL FIASCO

    The EU Comission has said trust between the EU and Britain has been “seriously damaged”.

    In a scathing statement Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said it is now up to the UK to help rebuild lost trust.

  • EU CALLS ON UK TO WITHDRAW NEW MEASURES IN EXPLOSIVE STATEMENT

    The EU has called on the UK to withdraw new measures added to the divorce deal.

    It comes after it was revealed the tweaks broke international law.

    In a statement the EU Commission said: “Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič called on the UK government to withdraw these measures from the draft Bill in the shortest time possible and in any case by the end of the month.

    “He stated that by putting forward this Bill, the UK has seriously damaged trust between the EU and the UK. It is now up to the UK government to re-establish that trust.

    “The EU does not accept the argument that the aim of the draft Bill is to protect the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement. In fact, it is of the view that it does the opposite.”

  • LABOUR LORD FURIOUS OVER CHANGES TO DEAL

    Labour peer Lord Falconer has slammed last-minute changes to the Brexit deal.

    He branded the alterations “stinking hypocrisy”.

  • IRISH PM: ‘TRUST HAS BEEN ERODED’

    The Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin says trust between the UK and Ireland has been eroded.

    Speaking to RTE Radio Mr Martin said: “Trust has been eroded but [Boris Johnson] made it clear to me that the UK was fully committed to meeting the obligations of protecting the single market and fluidity of trade north and south.”

    But when pushed to comment on whether Ireland could believe that, he said: “The legislation runs counter to that” [assertion]”.

  • EUROPEAN CAPITALS COULD FORCE FINE

    The EU could impose serious penalties on the UK after Boris Johnson yesterday breached the Brexit agreement.

    European capitals are furious about the UK's actions and will pressure the Commission to take the toughest line.

    The dossier says euro judges have the power to “impose a lump sum or penalty payment” on the UK for non-compliance with the deal.

  • BREXIT BREACH COULD LEAD TO BREAKDOWN IN COMMUNICATION BETWEEN EU AND UK

    A breach of Brexit law that yesterday enraged Brussels could leave both parties smarting.

    The massive row could leave Britain and the EU without any cooperation on key areas like banking access and data sharing at the start of next year.

    Brussels argues the Internal Market Bill published by No 10 “breaches the good faith obligations” in last year's deal.

  • LORD FROST TAKES LEAVE OF ABSENCE

    Lord Frost – the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator has taken a leave of absence.

    The head of research services at the House of Lords tweeted: “Lord Frost has taken a leave of absence for the remainder of this Parliament.”

    It means he is unable to participate in Lords proceedings, but won’t impact anything else.

    Social media users questioned whether he had taken a step back to concentrate on Brexit talks.

  • BRUSSELS COULD SUE BRITAIN OVER NEW BREXIT LAWS

    Brussels could sue Britain over controversial new Brexit laws.

    The new plans would breach last year's Brexit deal BEFORE it has been passed by Parliament to heap pressure on MPs and peers to revolt against PM.

    The EU Commission is threatening to slap the UK with trade sanctions and massive fines in response to No 10's move to overrule parts of the Irish border fix.

    In a document on possible legal action, seen by The Sun, eurocrats argue giving ministers the power to override customs checks and EU state aid law is a “clear breach” of pact.

  • ALL 27 EU NATIONS TO FACE GOVE OVER INTERNAL MARKET BILL

    Diplomats from all 27 EU member states will virtually sign in to today’sJoint Committee meeting with Michael Gove.

    RTE reports the entire group will face Gove over the internal market bill chaos.

    Last time only around seven diplomats logged in, according to RTE.

  • GOVE TALKS TO ‘SALVAGE HOPES OF A DEAL’

    Michael Gove’s crisis talks today are in hopes to salvage a Brexit deal.

    Discussions were on the verge of collapse yesterday after top EU bosses lashed out at the PM over a new law which would overrule the original agreement hashed out last year.

  • GOVE HOLDING ‘EXTRAORDINARY’ EMERGENCY BREXIT TALKS TODAY

    Michael Gove is holding “extraordinary” emergency Brexit talks today to try and salvage hopes of a deal.

    Mr Gove and top eurocrat Maros Sefcovic, who both sit on the EU-UK joint committee tasked with implementing the deal, will chair a meeting today to try and rescue a potential deal.

  • EU COMMISSION CHIEF SLAMS BORIS

    Chief of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen slammed the PM for “undermining trust” with the bloc after a Cabinet minister admitted the legislation does break international law.

    Ms von der Leyen said: “This would break international law and undermines trust.

    “(The principle that agreements must be kept) equals the foundation of prosperous future relations.”

  • UK AND EU SET FOR EMERGENCY TALKS

    The UK and the EU are set to hold emergency talks today following the PM’s decision to override parts of the withdrawal agreement.

    The bloc has said it wants “clarifications” on how the agreement will be implemented.

    It comes as Lord Frost and Michel Barnier continue trade talks.

  • WHITEHALL LEGAL BOSS QUITS OVER WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT ‘BACK-TRACK’

    A Whitehall legal boss has quit over the PM's threats to row back on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement with new legislation.

    Jonathan Jones has reportedly quit over the plans, making him the sixth senior Whitehall official to leave this year.

    No10 refused to discuss the reasons why he's leaving.

  • EMERGENCY TALKS 'WILL TAKE PLACE TODAY'

    Michael Gove will hold emergency talks with the European Commission’s Maroš Šefčovič this lunchtime after the row over the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, Politico reports.

    It's understood there will be an 'informal head-to-head; between Gove and Šefčovič starting around midday.

    Brexit negotiators David Frost and Michel Barnier will meet for the final time this week at 2pm today as the current round of negotiations comes to an end.

  • UK'S MOVES ARE 'UNDERMINING TRUST'

    As reported in the post below, chief of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen has hit out at Boris Johnson over Northern Ireland this week.

    She said she was "very concerned about announcements from the British government on its intentions to breach the Withdrawal Agreement” and cast doubt over whether there could be a future relationship with the UK.

    Ms von der Leyen added: “This would break international law and undermines trust.

    “(The principle that agreements must be kept) equals the foundation of prosperous future relations.” 

  • EU LEADERS THREATENED WALK OUT

    The latest round of talks between the EU and the UK have been eventful, to say the least.

    And Brussels leaders have this week threatened to walk out of meetings after Boris Johnson published a new law which will override parts of the Northern Ireland deal.

    Chief of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen slammed the PM for “undermining trust” with the bloc after a Cabinet minister admitted the legislation does break international law.

    Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis sensationally made the admission in the House of Commons – but said it impacted the law “only in a very specific and limited way.”

  • US HOUSE SPEAKER: 'NO CHANCE' OF UK-US TRADE IF GOVERNMENT OVERRIDES BREXIT DEAL

    Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, has warned the UK there will be “absolutely no chance” of a US-UK trade deal passing Congress should the Government override the Brexit deal signed by Boris Johnson.

    In a statement on Wednesday she said: “The Good Friday Agreement is the bedrock of peace in Northern Ireland and an inspiration for the whole world.

    “Whatever form it takes, Brexit cannot be allowed to imperil the Good Friday Agreement, including the stability brought by the invisible and frictionless border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland.

    “The UK must respect the Northern Ireland Protocol as signed with the EU to ensure the free flow of goods across the border.

    “If the UK violates that international treaty and Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be absolutely no chance of a US-UK trade agreement passing the Congress.

    “The Good Friday Agreement is treasured by the American people and will be proudly defended in the United States Congress.”

  • PM DISCUSSED BREXIT DEVELOPMENTS WITH IRISH TAIOSEACH MICHAEL MARTIN

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed Brexit developments with his Irish counterpart, Taoiseach Micheal Martin, on Wednesday.

    A Downing Street spokesperson said: “The leaders discussed the UK Internal Market Bill and the Prime Minister set out the rationale for the provisions related to the Northern Ireland Protocol.

    “The Prime Minister confirmed the UK's commitment to implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol and the Joint Committee process.

    “He hoped that an agreement would be possible within that framework.

    “However, if an agreement was not reached, as a responsible government, we had to provide a safety net that removed any ambiguity and ensured that the Government would always be able to deliver on its commitments to the people of Northern Ireland.

    “The leaders also spoke about the bilateral relationship and the Prime Minister reiterated his desire to strengthen ties and increase dialogue between the countries in the future.”

  • SENIOR EU OFFICIAL TO FLY TO LONDON AMID CONTROVERSIAL BREXIT CHANGES

    A senior EU official will travel to London on Thursday for an extraordinary meeting of the Joint Committee over proposed changes to the Brexit deal.

    The EU Commission's vice-president for interinstitutional relations and foresight Maros Sefcovic will meet Michael Gove to discuss the controversial plan, which UK ministers have admitted will breach international law.

    Eric Mamer, chief spokesman of the EU Commission, said on Twitter: “Following today's announcement by the UK, @MarosSefcovic will travel to London tomorrow to meet @michaelgove for an extraordinary meeting of the Joint Committee.

    “The EU seeks clarifications from the UK on the full and timely implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement.”

  • US HOUSE SPEAKER: VIOLATING GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT WILL KILL FUTURE UK-US TRADE

    US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday any potential U.S.-UK trade deal would not pass the U.S. Congress if Britain undermines the Good Friday Agreement as it exits the European Union.

    “If the U.K. violates that international treaty and Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be absolutely no chance of a U.S.-U.K. trade agreement passing the Congress,” Pelosi said in a statement.

    “The Good Friday Agreement is treasured by the American people and will be proudly defended in the United States Congress,” she said.

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