Brussels The European Parliament wants to vote next week on the ratification of the Brexit trade agreement with Great Britain. It was decided by the head of parliament on Thursday, as announced by the European People’s Party. Thus MPs are reducing the risk of delays in ratification due to a dispute with London over Northern Ireland’s special Brexit rules.
These rules are set out in the current EU withdrawal agreement with Great Britain. The British government is currently deviating from individual agreements unilaterally, which Brussels considers a breach of contract. European Union lawmakers threatened to postpone ratification of the second agreement concluded on Christmas 2020.
This trade and cooperation agreement is already provisionally in force. Both parties had agreed to implement it by 30 April. Great Britain should have agreed to an extension of the deadline.
So parliament is in a difficult position, Greens MP Anna Cavazini said. Indeed, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is in breach of contract. But they do not want a situation in which the contract is broken and there is no dreadful deal.
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