PUBLISHED: 01:43, Sat, Sep 12, 2020 | UPDATED: 01:43, Sat, Sep 12, 2020
The Government is currently trying to negotiate a new deal for when the Brexit transition period runs out at the end of this year. Earlier this week it announced plans to override parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement unless the EU makes additional concessions to Britain.
This could be done via the Internal Market Bill which is currently making its way through Parliament.
European leaders have threatened to withdraw from trade negotiations with London unless the bill is withdrawn.
Senior figures in the European Parliament have also pledged to block any trade deal with the UK if the proposal becomes law.
The Government has admitted unilaterally altering the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement would be a violation of international law.
The Government says it plans to override parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement (Image: GETTY)
The EU is reportedly threatening to block British meat from its market (Image: GETTY)
However Ministers argue they have no alternative if they are to fully protect British sovereignty.
According to a senior source, speaking to The Times, close to the UK’s negotiating team this move was partly made after Brussels warned it could effectively ban British meat produce from the EU market by refusing to accept they meets the basic standards required.
They alleged under the Withdrawal Agreement terms this could prevent meat being sent from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, as the latter would effectively stay within the EU’s customs union.
Referring to meat restrictions the source said: “They have suggested it.
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EU negotiator Michel Barnier in London on Thursday (Image: GETTY)