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Theresa May says 'reckless' Brexit bill risks UK's reputation
Theresa May has launched a blistering attack on the government's plan to give itself powers to renege on the special arrangements for Northern Ireland in the Brexit deal.

She described the plans as "reckless" and "irresponsible" and said they "risked the integrity of the United Kingdom", as they would not only tarnish Britain's reputation globally as an upholder of the law but could contribute to a reunited Ireland.

In a strongly worded speech in the House of Commons, she said: "I cannot emphasise enough how concerned I am [that] the Conservative government is willing to go back on its word to break an international agreement signed in good faith, and to break international law."

Sitting beside two former Conservative party Northern Ireland secretaries, Karen Bradley and Theresa Villiers, and Sir Bob Neill, who threatened a backbench rebellion against the government, she said there could never be a time a minister could walk through the voting lobbies and say yes to breaking the law. May said the bill would also mean trust would be undermined in future negotiations with other countries. "So much for global Britain," she quipped.

The Belfast South MP, the SDLP's Claire Hanna, said Boris Johnson's government had to own the consequences of the type of Brexit it agreed and should not "feign shock" when nine months later it emerged there would be trade barriers between east and west.



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