European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič wants to hear London's plans for the internal market | Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images
EU calls urgent Joint Committee meeting over UK plan to break Brexit deal
Brussels to London: ‘The Withdrawal Agreement is not open for renegotiation.’
Updated 9/9/20, 5:54 PM CET
LONDON — The EU has called for an extraordinary meeting of the EU-U.K. Joint Committee to be held “as soon as possible” to hear London’s plans for an internal market and its impact on the Withdrawal Agreement.
Politicians across Europe and in the U.K. reacted with dismay to the U.K.’s admission on Tuesday that the bill which would seek to alter parts of the Withdrawal Agreement, could breach international law in a “very specific and limited” way.
European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič called the meeting “so that our U.K. partners elaborate and respond to our strong concerns” on the Internal Market Bill that the British government is to introduce in the U.K. parliament this afternoon.
A Downing Street spokesperson said the U.K. government was happy to meet. “We welcome the request by Vice President Šefčovič for an extraordinary Joint Committee meeting and we will be agreeing a date with the vice president’s team as soon as we can,” the spokesperson said.
At a briefing for journalists Wednesday the spokesperson added that the U.K. sees the current circumstances as very distinct. “The Withdrawal Agreement and the Northern Ireland Protocol aren’t like any other treaty,”