'I know in my mind what I have to do' - Buckland

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Former prime ministers Tony Blair and John Major said on Sunday Britain must drop a "shocking" plan to pass legislation that breaks its divorce treaty with the European Union, in a breach of worldwide law.

But Mr Coveney dismissed the Prime Minister's suggestion that the European Union could prevent food products being transported from Britain to Northern Ireland.

However, in a series of posts on Twitter, the UK's chief negotiator Sir David Frost responded to his counterpart, insisting the European Union had made "clear to us in the current talks there is no guarantee of listing us".

"We agreed this delicate compromise with Boris Johnson & his gov in order to protect peace & stability on island of Ireland".

Former PMs Sir John Major and Tony Blair have united to urge MPs to reject the legislation, saying it imperils the Irish peace process, trade negotiations and the UK's integrity.

In a video conference with his lawmakers, Johnson explained the reason for the bill which he said would protect Britain's economic and political integrity, according to two of those who were on the call.

And, in an incendiary article for The Telegraph, Mr Johnson said Brussels was threatening to use an "extreme interpretation" of the Northern Ireland Protocol to impose "a full-scale trade border down the Irish Sea" that could stop the transport of food from Britain to Northern Ireland.

Mr Buckland was speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr ahead of the Internal Market Bill being debated in the Commons on Monday.

The Conservative and Labour grandees wrote in the Sunday Times: "We both opposed Brexit". If that happens, tariffs and other impediments to trade will be imposed by both sides at the start of 2021. But this way of negotiating, with reason cast aside in pursuit of ideology and cavalier bombast posing as serious diplomacy, is irresponsible, wrong in principle and risky in practice, ' they said.

'It raises questions that go far beyond the impact on Ireland, the peace process and talks on a trade deal, crucial though they are. "It questions the very integrity of our nation", they wrote in the Sunday Times.


Despite Mr Johnson's efforts, Tory chairman of the Commons defence committee Tobias Ellwood said on Saturday that he could not support the legislation without it being changed.

The veteran DUP politician said "the Internal Market Bill as published is not the finished product but it is massive step forward for business in Northern Ireland".

"But if they do not, and the talk collapse, then it is their failure and incompetence that will have let the British people down".

The Government has admitted its proposals will break worldwide law, prompting fury from Mr Johnson's political opponents but also from Tory backbenchers.

Dozens of Tory MPs are understood to be prepared to back an amendment to the Internal Market Bill being proposed by the former Tory minister Sir Bob Neill, which would give Parliament the final say on whether Britain reneges on parts of the Withdrawal Agreement. "We could not have been clearer about the consequences of Brexit", he tweeted.

The DUP will attempt to amend the Internal Market Bill to ensure the United Kingdom sets the rules on state aid in Northern Ireland.

Mr Johnson's potential opt-outs could tee up a fresh clash with Brussels after tensions grew in recent days when the PM unveiled plans to tear up parts of his original Brexit divorce deal.

Sir Keir called on Mr Johnson to throw out clauses that could breach global law and those that lead the devolved administrations to warn of a "power grab" to get Labour support.

The EU is anxious that post-Brexit Britain could undermine its own food standards, as well as rules on state aid for companies, and infiltrate its single market via Northern Ireland.

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