Brexit LIVE: Boris Johnson warns EU will ‘carve up our country’ if rebels block his Bill

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Mr Johnson insists the legislation – which will override parts of the Withdrawal agreement he signed last year – is required to end EU threats to install a “blockade” in the Irish Sea. The move has caused considerable disquiet in Westminster, not least among his own backbenchers, with Bob Neill, MP for Bromley and Chislehurst, putting forward an amendment which would effectively veto the Bill.

The Prime Minister said failure to implement the Bill would allow Brussels to “carve up our country” and “seriously endanger peace and stability” in Northern Ireland.

Writing in The Telegraph, Mr Johnson claimed the block would to impose “a full-scale trade border down the Irish sea” which could stop the transport of food from Britain to Northern Ireland.

He added: “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.”

Negotiators led by David Frost had learned there “may be a serious misunderstanding about the terms” of the deal Mr Johnson signed in October.

Mr Johnson claimed the Withdrawal Agreement had been agreed during “torrid” days with the Brexit deadline fast approaching while “negotiating with one hand tied behind our back” as a result of Parliament blocking a no-deal.

He added: “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.”

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7.48am update: Boris’ bombshell Brexit threat sparks ‘outbreak of reality’ in EU – new dynamic for deal

Boris Johnson believes his threat to break international law has injected a new dynamic into the bitter wrangling with the European Union over a Brexit trade deal.

British officials feel Downing Street’s bombshell legislation led to an “outbreak of reality” across EU capitals, which could usher in a drastic shift to the bloc’s refusal to budge on key issues.

No 10 hopes a move to hand ministers powers to overwrite key elements of the Northern Ireland border plan agreed as part of last year’s Withdrawal Agreement has forced EU leaders to finally concede “what is at stake”.

Relations with the EU were left in tatters after the publication of the Internal Market Bill earlier this week sparked allegations Britain could not trusted enough to continue trade talks.

7.40am update: Not a good start to call Boris a liar, Redwood tells EU

Tory MP and committed Brexiteer John Redwood has taken a swipe at the EU on Twitter, accusing them of calling Boris Johnson a liar.

Mr Redwood, a member of the European Research Group (ERG) wrote: “The EU is now saying they will continue the trade talks with the UK because they think the PM is bluffing over the new legislation.

“Not a good start to say he is not telling the truth about the UK’s plans.”

7.33am update: Brexit trade BONANZA! Britain on track for £100BN deals outside EU – 4 more deals on way

Boris Johnson says Britain will prosper outside the EU thanks to a £100 billion post-Brexit trading bonanza.

The Prime Minister said bumper trade deals are being lined up with the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada that will boost British firms and create tens of thousands of new jobs.

It comes after the UK secured a “historic” first trade deal since quitting the European Union following an agreement with Japan.

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss, the architect of the massive £15 billion tie up, said it is “just the beginning” for Britain’s trading renaissance.

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