Boris Johnson accuses the EU of trying to break up the 'territorial integrity' ...

Boris Johnson is accusing the EU of trying to disrupt the 'territorial integrity' of the United Kingdom with a 'blockade' in the Irish Sea.

The Prime Minister said Brussels could 'carve up our country' and 'seriously endanger peace and stability' in Northern Ireland if Conservative MPs fail to back controversial legislation to override parts of his Brexit deal.

Mr Johnson is working to quell a plan to amend the bill from senior Tories - who are incensed that it could break international law by flouting the Withdrawal Agreement.

The PM has hosted a conference call with backbenchers on Friday evening to win backing for the Bill that caused Brussels to threaten legal action - and reportedly warned senior Conservatives against going 'back to the miserable, squabbling days of last autumn'. 

The EU has said the move is a serious breach of trust and has threatened to take legal action if Mr Johnson does not alter the UK Internal Market Bill by the end of the month.

But the Prime Minister has doubled down and argued it is 'crucial for peace and for the Union itself' and said voting it down would reduce the chances of a trade deal with the EU.

Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Johnson said: 'We are now hearing that unless we agree to the EU's terms, the EU will use an extreme interpretation of the Northern Ireland protocol to impose a full-scale trade border down the Irish sea.

'We are being told that the EU will not only impose tariffs on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, but that they might actually stop the transport of food products from GB to NI.

Tensions between the UK and the EU have increased in recent days after Boris Johnson said he intends to override parts of the Brexit divorce deal

Tensions between the UK and the EU have increased in recent days after Boris Johnson said he intends to override parts of the Brexit divorce deal

'I have to say that we never seriously believed that the EU would be willing to use a Treaty, negotiated in good faith, to blockade one part of the UK, to cut it off; or that they would actually threaten to destroy the economic and territorial integrity of the UK.'

PM TRIES TO DRUM UP SUPPORT FOR HIS CONTROVERSIAL BREXIT BILL AMID TORY DISQUIET 

Boris Johnson has appealed to Conservative MPs to support legislation that could breach international law in overriding parts of his Brexit deal amid concerns of a rebellion.

The Prime Minister hosted a conference call with backbenchers on Friday evening to win backing for the Bill that caused Brussels to threaten legal action.

Mr Johnson told around 250 MPs that controversial clauses in the UK Internal Market Bill are 'necessary to stop a foreign power from breaking up our country', and maintained there is still a good chance of getting a trade deal with the EU.

With senior Conservatives planning to amend the legislation, he was also said to have warned them against going 'back to the miserable, squabbling days of last autumn'.

But during the call in which there were connection issues and no questions taken by Mr Johnson further fall-out emerged from the EU.

Leaders in the European Parliament said they would 'under no circumstances ratify' any trade deal reached if 'UK authorities breach or threaten to breach' the Withdrawal Agreement.

Mr Johnson appeared not to have ended the disquiet within his party during the call, with senior backbencher Sir Bob Neill saying he was not reassured by the speech.

Sir Bob, who chairs the Commons Justice Committee and is tabling an amendment to the Bill which he says would impose a 'parliamentary lock' on any changes to the Withdrawal Agreement, said he still contends it contains 'objectionable' elements.

'I believe it is potentially a harmful act for this country, it would damage our reputation and I think it will make it harder to strike trade deals going forward,' he told Channel 4 News.

Downing Street insisted a post-Brexit free trade deal with the EU is still possible despite an increasingly bitter war of words with Brussels.

The European Commission has given the UK until the end of the month to drop legislation enabling ministers to override provisions in the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement relating to Northern Ireland.

Following a stormy meeting in London on Thursday, the commission warned the UK was putting trade talks at risk and said it would 'not be shy' of taking legal action.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman however reiterated the Government's position that the provisions Bill remained 'critical' to the preservation of the Northern Ireland peace process.

He said the UK would continue to strive for an agreement and called on the EU side to show greater 'realism'.

Amid the worsening atmosphere between London and Brussels, it emerged the EU had even raised the prospect that it could block exports of animal products from the UK once the current Brexit transition period comes to a close at the end of the year.

In a statement following the latest round of talks on Thursday, the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said there were 'many uncertainties' about the UK's animal hygiene regime.

He said 'more clarity' was needed if Britain was to receive the 'third-country listing' entitling it to export animal products to the EU.

On the British side, there was surprise at the comments as the UK continues to apply EU standards, although it is understood the issue has been raised previously in the negotiations.

A Government spokesman said: 'It would be very unusual for the EU to go down this route and deny the UK listing.'

Meanwhile, Gordon Brown joined fellow former prime ministers Mrs May and Sir John Major in condemning the Government's plan, describing it as 'a huge act of self-harm'.

'You can't expect to have a decent negotiation with the European Union if you start by breaking a treaty that you signed yourself and negotiated only a few weeks ago,' he told ITV's Good Morning Britain.

Ireland's Europe minister Thomas Byrne said that, far from protecting the Good Friday Agreement, the UK's actions posed a 'serious risk' to the peace process.

'It's a totally unacceptable way to do business.

'This was a unilateral provocative act,' he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

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MEPs have warned that the European Parliament will block any trade deal with the UK if Boris Johnson breaches his Brexit deal.

Leaders in Brussels said the Prime Minister's UK Internal Market Bill is a 'serious and unacceptable breach of international law' which puts the trade negotiations at risk.

A statement added: 'Should the UK authorities breach - or threaten to breach - the Withdrawal Agreement, through the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill in its current form or in any other way, the European Parliament will under no circumstances ratify any agreement between the EU and the UK.'    

Tensions between Britain and Brussels have grown in recent days after Mr Johnson unveiled plans to tear up parts of the original Brexit divorce deal. 

The EU has given Mr Johnson until the end of the month to withdraw his proposals to override elements of the Withdrawal Agreement, with the bloc threatening legal action if he does not comply.

Brussels has also made clear that the future of trade talks are at risk of collapse if Mr Johnson does not perform a U-turn - but Michael Gove has vowed the Government will not be changing course. 

Mr Johnson now says that 'in the last few weeks' he learned his negotiators had discovered there 'may be a serious misunderstanding about the terms' of the Withdrawal Agreement he signed in October.

Mr Johnson argued it was agreed during 'torrid' days with the deadline for a deal fast approaching while 'negotiating with one hand tied behind our back' because Parliament blocked a no-deal.

'If we fail to pass this Bill, or if we weaken its protections, then we will in fact reduce the chances of getting that Canada-style deal,' he wrote,

'Let's remove this danger to the very fabric of the United Kingdom.

'Let's make the EU take their threats off the table.

'And let's get this Bill through, back up our negotiators, and protect our country.'

Both Ireland and the EU, however, have warned that Mr Johnson's plans pose a serious risk to the peace process rather than protecting the Good Friday Agreement.

The Prime Minister on Friday evening held a conference call with around 250 MPs to try and drum up support for the Bill, and warned them against a return to the 'miserable, squabbling days of last autumn'.

But during the call in which there were connection issues and no questions taken by Mr Johnson further fall-out emerged from the EU.

Leaders in the European Parliament said they would 'under no circumstances ratify' any trade deal reached if 'UK authorities breach or threaten to breach' the Withdrawal Agreement.

Mr Johnson appeared not to have ended the disquiet within his party during the call, with senior backbencher Sir Bob Neill saying he was not reassured by the speech.

Sir Bob, who chairs the Commons Justice Committee and is tabling an amendment to the Bill which he says would impose a 'parliamentary lock' on any changes to the Withdrawal Agreement, said he still contends it contains 'objectionable' elements.

'I believe it is potentially a harmful act for this country, it would damage our

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