Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith erupts at EU for ‘bullying’ UK: ‘Brussels broke law first!’
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The former Conservative leader explained the UK needs to have the Internal Market Bill to override elements of the withdrawal agreement in its back pocket during negotiations with the EU in case it threatens to implement tariffs between Britain and Northern Ireland. Sir Iain said the EU demands would breach the UK’s domestic and vital constitutional laws.
Speaking to talkRADIO, Sir Iain said: “It’s quite typical by the way the EU behaves in negotiations that’s why pretty much every country who negotiates with them ends up hating them.
“In regard to breaking international law, the EU has phenomenal track-record for breaking international law.
“It’s not implanted any of the WTO rulings which are supposed to have direct effect, they simply brush them aside.
“The reality is we even already failed to implement international law when we refused to give prisoners voting rights because that was meant to be implemented without any debate of argument.
“We get a little hung up on this and the public doesn’t know what this is about.
“The truth is the real point about this is one; the EU is threatening to say to us ‘we might just say no you don’t have the right to sell your goods’ and two; the big important internal matter is by doing that is they would force us to cut ourselves off from Northern Ireland with full tariff checks.
“The act of union makes it absolutely clear that all parts of the UK can never have any tariffs or barriers between them.
“This would breach our very domestic and vital constitutional laws.
“The Government is right to say to the EU, ‘if you decide to not come to the joint committee and get rid of this threat, we will have in our back pocket legislation which says this withdrawal agreement has failed and we’re going our own way’.
“We need to tell the EU they cannot go on trying to bully us, we are a sovereign nation now.”
It comes as Boris Johnson’s controversial Brexit legislation proves Scotland will never be an equal partner in the UK, the SNP has warned.
The United Kingdom Internal Market Bill contains measures which “attack the foundations of devolution” in Scotland, according to the party’s business spokesman Drew Hendry.
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He took aim at proposals for a new office to monitor the internal market, arguing such a body would have an “effective veto” over the Scottish Parliament and was part of a system in which Westminster would set standards for devolved areas.
Ministers have denied the Bill represents a power grab but instead offers a “power surge” by handing more powers to the devolved governments.
The Bill has hit the headlines in recent days for new additions which seek to override key elements of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement relating to Northern Ireland.
Prime Minister Mr Johnson has argued such changes, which would breach parts of international law, are needed to protect the trading arrangements between Great Britain and Northern Ireland should no agreement be reached with EU.
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