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Johnson’s defence of withdrawal deal backtrack labelled ‘utterly duplicitous’

EU seeks to prevent any attempt to undermine the international treaty

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent

13th September, 2020
Boris Johnson: acrimony broke out between Britain and the EU last week after the publication of the UK Internal Market Bill which the House of Commons starts debating tomorrow

Boris Johnson’s claim that the Northern Ireland protocol agreed with the European Union last year must be undermined to protect the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) has been described as “utterly duplicitous”.

The British government has caused consternation in Europe by attempting to enact domestic legislation which overrides aspects of the international agreement reached last year.

Thomas Byrne, the Fianna Fáil European Affairs minister, said the British prime minister’s attempt to justify...

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