PUBLISHED: 13:07, Tue, Sep 8, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:47, Tue, Sep 8, 2020
The former Tory MEP said the Brussels bosses had “absolutely refused” to agree to a trade deal with the UK as it has with “numerous other states”. His remarks come after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government was reported to be planning new legislation to override parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement he signed in January in yet another twist to the four-year saga since Britain voted to quit the EU.
The move could jeopardise the whole treaty and create frictions in British-ruled Northern Ireland, where special arrangements had been made to avoid a hard border with Ireland to the south that could be detrimental to the 1998 peace agreement which ended three decades of conflict in the province.
But Mr Hannan hit back writing on Twitter: “Remember that the Withdrawal Agreement was accompanied by a promise to conclude - and, indeed, implement - a free trade deal by the end of 2020.
“Since then, Brussels has absolutely refused to agree the kind of standard, low-fat trade deal it has with numerous other states.”
Daniel Hannan laid the blame on the EU (Image: PA)
Daniel Hannan said the EU has "absolutely refused" to agree a trade deal (Image: TWITTER )
Britain has said it is committed to the divorce deal and was simply offering clarifications to avoid any future legal difficulties.
Mr Johnson’s spokesman said: ”We are taking limited and reasonable steps to clarify specific elements of the Northern Ireland Protocol in domestic law to remove any ambiguity and to ensure the government is always able to deliver on its commitments.”
But the Financial Times newspaper cited three people as saying the proposed internal market bill was expected to "eliminate the legal force of parts of the withdrawal agreement" in areas including state aid and Northern Ireland customs.