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Government drops plans to break international law

December 8, 2020 9:03 PM
By Ellen Nicholson

The government is dropping it's controversial plans to break international law in relation to Brexit, following a behind-the-scenes deal between the UK and the EU, it has announced. But EU diplomatic sources warned that while the U-turn was a "reset moment" for relations with the UK, it was not a gamechanger for trade talks, which remain deadlocked.

This is welcome news as it indicates Johnson and the government are now facing up to the reality of having backed the UK into a corner with few options remaining. Johnson must now;

❌ Avoid creating further barriers to trade with the EU

✅ Protect British businesses with a good deal

✅ Introduce an adjustment period for British businesses

All this posturing, lost valuable time for a meaningful deal to be struck and has made Britain a laughing stock internationally. There never was an 'oven ready deal' and government ministers such as Gove and Johnson himself who before the 2016 referendum, said that there was never an intention to leave the single market and customs union have been shown to be economical with the truth if we're being kind, and outright liars if we're not.
There is still a way to go, but it seems that reality is now biting.