As the final talks on trade agreements progress, many are questioning whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson will manage to “get Brexit done” as he vowed.
It`s been more than four years since Britain voted to leave the European Union and on his election, Johnson had promised that he would secure an agreement with the EU.
“A deal is the likelier case now, but I wouldn’t be banking the house on it yet,” said trade expert David Henig, UK director at the European Centre for International Political Economy.
However, the prime minister has been facing minor but significant rebellions within his party over his handling of both the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit. Johnson`s plan to override the key provisions on Northern Ireland had prompted criticism from many officials.
On Tuesday, the House of Lords expressed “regret” for the Internal Market Bill saying it “would undermine the rule of law and damage the reputation of the United Kingdom.” The upper house of the Parliament took a vote to add words to the legislation.
An independent member of the Lords, David Anderson said: “This bill seeks to make Parliament complicit in a scheme that openly flouts two foundational principles — that agreements once made should be kept and that government is not above the law. How could we possibly go along with that?”
Last week, when the UK-EU talks halted, each side called for the other to compromise in order to secure an elusive trade agreement. Johnson said the UK-EU talks were over unless there was a “fundamental” shift from the bloc.
Michel Barnier, the EU chief negotiator took to Twitter to urge his counterpart David Frost that they “should be making the most out of the little time left. He said: “Our door remains open.”