In response to his speech, Manfred Weber, chairman of the centre-right Group of the European People`s Party in Parliament, said MEPs would not support a trade deal if the UK continued its intention to break the withdrawal agreement. „Britain, you are losing your credibility at the global level,“ he said. Last week, the British government introduced the controversial `Internal Market Act`, which would repeal elements of british Prime Minister Boris Johnson`s withdrawal deal with the EU. The outcome of the agreement „guarantees the rights of our citizens, the financial interests, the integrity of the free market and above all the Good Friday agreement,“ she said. „The EU and the UK have agreed together that this is the best and only way to ensure peace on the island of Ireland, and we will never return. Thatcher`s commitment to the idea of a finite internal market was such that it made considerable concessions during the negotiations to achieve it. The biggest compromise from their point of view was to accept that the internal market programme would take the form of a legally binding treaty and not in the form of a simple agreement. When the majority of Member States called for an intergovernmental conference to draft the treaty, Thatcher was furious, but she did not get rid of the negotiations. Under pressure from Kohl, it even agreed to monetary cooperation at European level, mentioned in the preamble to the Single European Act, which it wanted to avoid. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told EU lawmakers that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson`s plans to denounce part of britain`s EU withdrawal agreement have further dampened those hopes.
The agreement has been ratified by the EU and the UK House of Commons and „cannot be unilaterally amended, despised or misapplied,“ she said. Von der Leyen said the EU would always respect the agreements that will be signed and that „we will never see that again.“ Mr Johnson signed the implementation of the EU customs code as part of the deal, which the 2019 Conservative manifesto described as a „great new deal.“ „This withdrawal agreement lasted three years and we worked tirelessly on it,“ von der Leyen said. „Line by line, word by word. And together, we did it. „Boris Johnson threw out the window the agreement he himself signed. The UK is losing credibility around the world and the European Parliament will never vote in favour of a trade deal if we cannot trust each other,“ warned Manfred Weber, chairman of the EPP`s centre-right group in the European Parliament, of the slow progress in negotiations on a future EU-Britain deal. With each passing day, the chances of a timely agreement diminish,“ she said. Ursula von der Leyen has raised new doubts that the EU and Britain will agree on a new trade partnership and insist that the blockade not „remove“ the withdrawal agreement. Ursula von der Leyen – The withdrawal agreement cannot be amended, flouted or applied unilaterally. It is a question of law, trust and good faith. Let me quote Margaret Thatcher… pic.twitter.com/50FFq4x4XI added: „These discussions have been tough and have not progressed as we would have liked. We have very little time left to reach an agreement. These divergent positions led to a deadlock during the negotiations on the EU budget that took place in Brussels in June 2005.