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The two former prime ministers accused Mr Johnson of endangering the Irish peace process, trade negotiations and the integrity of Britain with his UK internal trade bill which overturns key aspects of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, including the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Irresponsible, wrong in principle and dangerous in practice

Tony Blair et John Major

In the Sunday Times, they said: “This jeopardizes the Good Friday Agreement, as it negates the predictability, political stability and legal clarity that are integral to the delicate balance between north and south. Ireland, which is at the heart of the peace process.“It has huge ramifications. This will not only make negotiations with the EU more difficult, but also any trade negotiations with other nations, including the United States.

“Once trust is shattered, mistrust becomes common. “

Tony Blair and John Major have teamed up to condemn Boris Johnson (Image: PA)

They continued: “We both opposed Brexit. We both accept that this is happening now. But this way of negotiating, with reason set aside in pursuit of ideology and cavalry bombings presenting itself as serious diplomacy, is irresponsible, wrong in principle and dangerous in practice.

“This raises questions that go far beyond the impact on Ireland, the peace process and the negotiations for a trade deal – crucial as they are. It calls into question the very integrity of our nation. ”

Former leaders weighed in on the argument as top Tories refused to back down on their rebellion against Mr Johnson’s controversial Brexit legislation despite his warning that Brussels could ‘split our country’ without it.

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Former prime ministers called Mr Johnson’s actions irresponsible and dangerous (Image: PA)

The Prime Minister’s attempt to secure support for the bill was joined by Cabinet Minister Michael Gove, warning that it was necessary to protect the “integrity” of the UK.

They insist that legislation which could violate international law and has prompted the EU to threaten legal action during trade negotiations is needed to prevent a trade border in the Irish Sea.

But a growing number of Tory rebels have suggested that opposition to the UK’s Internal Market Bill had hardened after Mr Johnson held a conference call with backbench MPs.

Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood said on Saturday that “without amendment, I cannot support this bill”.

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Boris Johnson insists his UK home market bill is in the UK’s national interest (Image: PA)

Mr Ellwood, who chairs the Commons Defense Committee, said: “This bill is already hurting the British brand, diminishing our role model as an advocate for global standards.

“As we go along, let’s see more British genius – less Nixonian madman theory.”

Commons Justice Committee chairman Sir Bob Neill, who tabled an amendment he said would impose a ‘parliamentary lockdown’ on any changes to the Withdrawal Agreement, said it still contained elements “Objectionable”.

He said, “He presented his case, but it didn’t change anything from what I think. I am convinced that our amendment is still supported. ”

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Damian Green, who was Theresa May’s deputy when she was prime minister and supports the amendment, has also been heard as not being convinced by Mr Johnson’s argument.

Sir Roger Gale has also remained a vocal critic, telling Times Radio: ‘If anyone is responsible, if this happens, for bringing down the union, it will be Cummings and Mr Johnson. ”

The PM spoke to around 250 MPs last night in an attempt to gain support for the bill and warned them of a return to the ‘miserable wrangling days of last fall’ over Brexit.

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Boris Johnson is under pressure from politicians of all stripes (Image: PA)

And, in an inflammatory article for The Telegraph, Mr Johnson said Brussels was threatening to use an ‘extreme interpretation’ of the Northern Ireland protocol to impose ‘a large-scale trade border along the Irish Sea. Which could stop the transport of food from Britain to Northern Ireland.

Ireland and the EU have both warned that Mr Johnson’s plans pose a serious risk to the peace process rather than protecting the Good Friday deal.

But he argued it was “crucial for peace and for the Union itself” and said rejection of the bill would reduce the chances of a trade deal with the EU, which is at stake. .


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