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Downing St reportedly backpedaling:

A smoke grenade for the Brexit talks - Politico.eu

"We are fully committed to implementing the Withdrawal Agreement and the Northern Ireland Protocol and we've already taken many practical steps to do so," Boris Johnson's official spokesman said today in response to the story. In No. 10's telling, the new measures are simply legal safeguards should the Joint Committee (the talks -- running parallel to the Frost-Barnier trade negotiation -- which are determining how the NI protocol should be implemented) fail to resolve some key issues in time for the end of the transition period.

The new provisions in U.K. law reported by the FT -- which will be laid out in the Internal Markets Bill on Wednesday and the Finance Bill after the Budget -- are merely "limited and reasonable steps" to "clarify" certain parts of the NI protocol in U.K. law, a No 10 spokesperson said.

by Bernard on Tue Sep 8th, 2020 at 08:13:41 PM EST
Well, duh:

Government admits new Brexit bill 'will break international law' - Guardian

The government has admitted that its plan to reinterpret the special Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland will break international law.

The Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis, astonished backbenchers when he told the House of Commons: "Yes, this does break international law in a very specific and limited way. We're taking the powers to disapply the EU law concept of direct effect ... in a certain very tightly defined circumstance."

In a new internal market bill, the government is expected to unveil plans for domestic powers to govern part of the Northern Ireland protocol, something that has threatened to torpedo Brexit talks that resumed in London on Tuesday.

It reportedly led to the resignation of the UK's top legal civil servant, Jonathan Jones, on Tuesday morning.

by Bernard on Tue Sep 8th, 2020 at 08:57:50 PM EST
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BREAKING NEWS : Thousands of appeals launched by prisoners claiming that, athough they were guilty, they only broke the law in very specific and limited ways.
Which is seemingly not guilty in this government's eyes.

No doubt, contributions to the Conservative party will be taken into consideration during the appeal

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Sep 9th, 2020 at 07:26:07 AM EST
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Good to see you back, Helen. Your sarcasm is definitely à propos.
by Bernard on Wed Sep 9th, 2020 at 08:30:11 AM EST
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