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Izjava koordinacijske skupine Združenega kraljestva in voditeljev političnih skupin #evropskega parlamenta

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UKCG in voditelji političnih skupin Evropskega parlamenta so po srečanju z glavnim pogajalcem za EU Michelom Barnierjem izdali naslednjo izjavo (Na sliki, center) in sopredsednik skupnega odbora Maroš Šefčovič, danes (11. septembra).

Koordinacijska skupina Združenega kraljestva (UKCG) Evropskega parlamenta se je danes sestala, da bi ocenila vpliv predloga zakona o notranjem trgu Združenega kraljestva na izvajanje sporazuma o izstopu s sopredsednikom Skupnega odbora EU-Združeno kraljestvo Marošem Šefčovičem in ocenila tekoča pogajanja o prihodnji EU. Odnosi z Združenim kraljestvom z glavnim pogajalcem EU Michelom Barnierjem.

Voditelji političnih skupin Evropskega parlamenta in člani UKCG so globoko zaskrbljeni in razočarani, ker je vlada Združenega kraljestva objavila zakon o notranjem trgu, ki očitno predstavlja resno in nesprejemljivo kršitev mednarodnega prava. Krši sporazum o izstopu, ki sta ga pred slabim letom dni podpisala in ratificirala sedanja vlada in parlament Združenega kraljestva. Predlog zakona o notranjem trgu resno škoduje zaupanju in verodostojnosti Evropskega parlamenta je že rekel je "bistveni element vsakega pogajanja", kar ogroža tekoča pogajanja o prihodnjih odnosih.

Evropski parlament podpira glavnega pogajalca za EU Michela Barnierja in podpredsednika Komisije Maroša Šefčoviča pri pozivu vlade Združenega kraljestva, naj te ukrepe takoj umakne iz predloga zakona; najkasneje do konca septembra. Koordinacijska skupina Evropskega parlamenta za Združeno kraljestvo poudarja, da:

  1. Sporazum o izstopu, vključno s Protokolom o Irski / Severni Irski, je pravno zavezujoč, ne glede na to, ali sta EU in Združeno kraljestvo sklenili novo pogodbo, ki ureja njuna prihodnja razmerja, in;
  2. vsako vprašanje v zvezi z izvajanjem njegovih določb bi moral obravnavati skupni odbor in v nobenem primeru enostransko katera koli stranka sporazuma.

Evropski parlament pričakuje, da bo vlada Združenega kraljestva spoštovala pravno državo, in zahteva nič manj kot popolno izvajanje vseh določb sporazuma o izstopu, vključno s Protokolom o Irski / Severni Irski, ki je bistvenega pomena za zaščito dogovora na veliki petek in miru ter stabilnost na irskem otoku.

Če bodo organi Združenega kraljestva prek zakona o notranjem trgu Združenega kraljestva v njegovi sedanji obliki ali na kakršen koli drug način kršili - ali grozili, da bodo kršili - Evropski parlament v nobenem primeru ne bo ratificiral nobenega sporazuma med EU in Združenim kraljestvom. .

Glede izida osmega pogajalskega kroga je Evropski parlament še naprej zavezan ambicioznemu partnerstvu z Združenim kraljestvom. Razočarani smo nad nadaljnjim pomanjkanjem vzajemnega sodelovanja s strani Združenega kraljestva glede temeljnih načel in interesov EU.

Evropski parlament poziva Združeno kraljestvo, naj konstruktivno sodeluje z EU in najde kompromise, ki so v interesu naših državljanov in podjetij na obeh straneh. Vsak potencialni dogovor ne bi smel le ohraniti naših interesov, ampak tudi spoštovati integriteto Evropske unije in njenega enotnega trga.

Da bi kateri koli dogovor začel veljati, morajo biti demokratične nadzorne institucije na obeh straneh Kanala sposobne opraviti smiselno oceno, kot je navedeno v sporazumu o izstopu. Evropski parlament opozarja, da bo njegovo soglasje za kakršen koli dogovor podeljeno šele po podrobnem pregledu zakonskih določb. Evropski parlament ne bo sprejel, da se demokratični nadzor omeji s sporazumom v zadnjem trenutku po koncu oktobra.

Podpisali voditelji skupin Evropskega parlamenta:

Manfred WEBER (EPP, DE)

Iratxe GARCÍA PEREZ (S&D, ES)

Dacian CIOLOŞ (Obnovi, RO)

Philippe LAMBERTS (Zeleni / EFA, BE) sopredsednica

Ska KELLER (Zeleni / EFA, DE) sopredsednica

Raffaele FITTO (ECR, IT) sopredsednica

Ryszard LEGUTKO (ECR, PL) sopredsednica

Martin SCHIRDEWAN (GUE, DE) sopredsednik

Manon AUBRY (GUE, FR) sopredsednica

in s strani Koordinacijske skupine Združenega kraljestva:

David McALLISTER (EPP, DE), predsednik

Bernd LANGE (S & D, DE)

Nathalie LOISEAU (Obnovitev, FR)

Christophe HANSEN (EPP, LU)

Kati PIRI (S&D, NL)

Kris PEETERS (EPP, BE)

Pedro SILVA PEREIRA (S&D, PT)

Morten PETERSEN (Obnovi, DK)

Gunnar BECK (ID, DE)

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Not many issues remain to secure 'thin' EU-UK trade deal - Irish foreign minister

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There are not that many outstanding issues in the way of securing a “thin” free-trade deal between the European Union and Britain, which is the best-case scenario at this stage, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Monday (14 September), piše Conor Humphries.

“We need to also focus on how do we get this deal done... to deal with the outstanding issues. There aren’t many of them. There are a few that are needed in terms of getting a basic and thin free-trade (deal), which is all that is possible at this stage to avoid tariffs and quotas,” Coveney said in an interview with Newstalk Radio.

He said the key issues relate to Northern Ireland: state aid in the British region; the risk of goods leaking into the EU single market via Northern Ireland; and export declarations for the movement of goods from Northern Ireland to the rest of the United Kingdom.

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Former PM Cameron says he has misgivings about #Brexit move

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Nekdanji britanski premier David Cameron (na sliki) joined other ex-leaders of the country to express concern at Boris Johnson’s plan to break international law by overriding parts of the Brexit divorce treaty with the European Union, piše Michael Holden.

“Passing an act of parliament and then going on to break an international treaty obligation is the very, very last thing you should contemplate. It should be an absolute final resort,” Cameron, from Johnson’s Conservative Party, told reporters on Monday.

“So I do have misgivings about what is being proposed.”

Former prime ministers Tony Blair and John Major said on Sunday that Britain must drop its “shocking” plan.

However, Cameron did not go that far, saying a proposed bill that lawmakers voted on on Monday (14 September) - and which the government has said would breach international law - had to be seen in the context of tough trade talks with the EU.

“So far what’s happened is the government has proposed a law that it might pass or might not pass, might use or might not use, depending on whether certain circumstances do or do not appear,” he said.

“The bigger picture here is we are in a vital negotiation with the European Union to get a deal and I think we have to keep that context, that big prize in mind.”

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Johnson faces rebellion over plan to break #Brexit treaty

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Britanski premier Boris Johnson (na sliki) will try to persuade rebellious lawmakers in his party to vote today (14 September) for a bill that will break international law by breaching parts of the Brexit divorce deal and which has enraged Brussels, pisati , Kate Holton, , William James and Michael Holden.

The House of Commons will debate the Internal Market Bill, which the EU has demanded Johnson scrap by the end of September in the latest brinkmanship of a four-year saga since Britain voted narrowly to leave the bloc.

After the debate, in a vote that may come late, lawmakers will decide if the bill should go to the next stage.

Johnson’s plan to explicitly break international law has plunged Brexit back into crisis less than four months before Britain is finally due to leave the EU’s orbit at the end of a transition period, and put trade talks with the bloc in peril.

EU diplomats and officials said the bloc could take legal action against Britain, though there would be no resolution before the end-of-year deadline for Britain’s full exit.

The EU has ramped up preparations for a no-deal Brexit, which would be chaotic for business, markets and nearly $1 trillion in annual trade.

The government has dismissed an ultimatum from Brussels to scrap the main parts of the bill by the end of this month.

Johnson, who has a majority of 80 in the lower house of parliament, faces a growing revolt from some of his own lawmakers. All of Britain’s living former prime ministers have expressed concern about his plan as have many senior figures in his Conservative Party.

“When the queen’s minister gives his word, on her behalf, it should be axiomatic that he will keep it, even if the consequences are unpalatable,” Johnson’s former Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said in The Times newspaper.

Cox, who was sacked by Johnson in February, remains an influential figure with colleagues.

The pound fell 3% last week on fears of a no-deal Brexit, but Goldman Sachs said the odds of such a scenario were in fact lower than the market is implying so current sterling levels could be attractive to some investors.

British ministers say the bill, which explicitly states that it could be inconsistent with a host of international laws, is intended to clarify ambiguities - particularly over Northern Ireland - and act as a safeguard in case trade talks fall.

But some EU diplomats say they think London is playing a game of chicken, inviting the collapse of trade talks to either get the deal it wants or leave without a deal.

After former prime ministers John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Theresa May scolded Johnson for considering breaking the law, another ex-premier David Cameron also weighed in saying he had “misgivings”.

The EU says it cannot trust those who break agreements and that if the bill is not effectively scrapped there will be no trade deal to cover everything from car parts to food.

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said Johnson’s bill was most likely a negotiating tactic and a “thin” free-trade deal was still possible as there were just a few outstanding issues.

If, as expected, it is passed in its second reading on Monday, there will be four more days of debate on the bill’s fine print - lasting into Tuesday of next week.

After the vote on Monday, there will be further votes on attempts to change the wording and meaning of the law, and a final vote to decide whether it goes to the next stage. The most crucial vote is likely to take place next week.

If the bill then passes the lower house, it will undergo scrutiny in the House of Lords where opposition from Conservative members is expected to be even stronger.

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