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British PM Johnson moves to reassure his party over legislation

Fri, 11th Sep 2020 13:12

LONDON, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris will tell
lawmakers in his Conservative Party later on Friday that Britain
is committed to implementing the divorce deal with the European
Union but must create a "safety net" to protect Northern
Ireland, his spokesman said.

Johnson's decision to proceed with legislation that has
plunged trade talks with the EU into crisis has prompted concern
among some Conservatives, who fear that Britain's reputation
would be damaged if it is seen to break international law.

"The PM will be speaking to Conservative MPs (members of
parliament) later on this afternoon about the (Internal
Market)bill.," the spokesman said.

"He will reiterate the UK's commitment to implementing the
Northern Ireland protocol and the joint committee process with
the hope that an agreement remains possible within that
framework.

"But he will also be setting out that as a responsible
government we must provide a safety net which removes any
ambiguity and ensures that the government can always deliver on
its commitments to the people of Northern Ireland."
(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, editing by William James)

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