Johnson set to tear up Brexit divorce deal, think tank says

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FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, September 23, 2020. REUTERS / Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) – An influential pro-hard Brexit think tank urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to tear up his divorce deal with the European Union on Saturday, saying it would still give the bloc too much power in Britain .

Johnson’s government this month sought to pass laws that could nullify parts of Britain’s EU exit treaty it signed in January, despite a warning from Brussels that it would wipe out their future relationship.

But the Center for Brexit Policy said it didn’t go far enough because the Withdrawal Agreement allowed Brussels to exercise continued influence in Britain on issues such as law and state aid.

To strengthen British leverage, the group says the government should also threaten to impose punitive conditions on eurozone companies wishing to raise capital to invest in London.

John Longworth, the group’s chief executive, said he hopes his report serves as a reminder to ministers as negotiators hold talks on future relations in the final months before the end of the Brexit transition period on the 31st. December and Great Britain fully. leaves the block.

Its publication is likely to increase pressure on Johnson’s government not to back down in the harsh approach it has taken to negotiations. The group is supported by several key lawmakers from several UK political parties.

“The powers of the EU run deep in the Withdrawal Agreement over much of our commercial and national life,” Longworth said.

“The prospect of the European Court of Justice and the European Commission continuing to issue orders in the UK and endless legal wrangling really means we face a nightmare on the Brexit Street unless we break free from their clutches at the 11th hour.

Reporting by Kate Holton; Edited by Alison Williams

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