A Downing Street spokesman said it was « continuing to commit to the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement and the Northern Ireland Protocol, » regardless of whether an agreement has been reached or not. Mr Sefcovic told Mr Gove that the implementation of the withdrawal agreement – including its provisions for the Irish border – was a « legal obligation » and that the EU « expects the letter and spirit of this agreement to be fully respected. » The medico-scientific report will make the government a salutary reading as it prepares for the next phase of the negotiations – especially as negotiations on the UK`s future long-term relationship with the EU will raise much more difficult questions than the negotiations on the terms of its withdrawal from the EU. He warns of the risk of the UK falling into the next phase of negotiations with the EU without a plan, which unnecessarily penalises the country. The possibility that Mr Johnson could attempt: the use of the initiative (Withdrawal (No 2) Act 2019 (the « Benn Act » because it was introduced as a bill by a private member of Hilary Benn MP), enacted last week to avoid a Brexit without a deal, was raised by Jolyon Maugham QC of the « Good Law Project », who is also one of the parties to the case in Scotland before the Internal Court last week that the extension of the Parliament was illegal. As today`s FT explained, if a withdrawal agreement were approved by the House of Commons on October 19, the Prime Minister`s requirement to apply for an extension would be removed in the Benn Act. Mr. Maugham said that other conditions had to be met before the withdrawal agreement could be ratified and no agreement could be reached. In particular, a separate legislative act for the implementation of the withdrawal agreement is expected to be approved by Parliament by 31 October. « In any event, I hope they don`t think about a bilateral trade agreement between Britain and the United States to make up for what they might lose. » The British government may not pass on Brexit, for which British voters voted. If the UK really wants to be free from EU ties, we must abolish the Withdrawal Agreement and the Northern Ireland Protocol, writes Professor David Collins. Commons, which leads to an exit without agreement.
Otherwise, Mr Johnson could convince his MPs to pass the withdrawal agreement by 19 October, but a second time Parliament will be too prorogued to ensure that the agreement cannot be adopted before 31 October. Here, too, the result would be a Brexit without a deal. Mr Maugham said the best way to get around those risks would be for Labour to say it would not pass the withdrawal agreement until the extension was agreed. This would ensure that an extension would be mandatory, whether necessary or not. At about the same time that Lord Keen resigned, the Prime Minister appeared before the House of Commons Liaison Committee. During this speech, the Prime Minister responded to a question from Mr Hilary Benn MP, who said that he believed the EU was not negotiating « in good faith » with the UK – although a secretary to Brandon Lewis, the secretary of Northern Ireland, told another committee this morning that this was the case. The commitment of the United Kingdom and the EU to negotiate in good faith to reach an agreement on their future relations is enshrined in Article 184 of the withdrawal agreement, and such a remark should reduce Brussels` level of confidence and goodwill towards Westminster to a roughly. » In a parallel development, the Guardian reports that the identity of the three experts consulted by the government has raised legal eyebrows to discuss the legality of a violation of the EU withdrawal agreement.