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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

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