Commons Leader Jacob-Rees Mogg has confirmed the Government will bring back the controversial Internal Market Bill to parliament next week. On Monday, MPs will vote to reinstate parts of the legislation rejected by the House of Lords.
The move is set to throw Brexit trade talks into a crisis if an agreement cannot be reached over the next 72 hours.
The bill paves the way for internal trade to continue from Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK if there is no formal trading relationship struck with the EU.
The gauntlet thrown down by Mr Johnson comes as senior EU officials fear time is running out ahead of the end of the transition period on December 31.
Senior MEP Kati Piri has warned “patience is running out”.
Brexit news: Boris Johnson has been warned against a fishing compromise (Image: GETTY)
Brexit news: David Frost and Michel Barnier will resume talks in London today (Image: GETTY)
It comes as trade talks between UK chief negotiator David Frost and Michel Barnier continued into the late hours on Wednesday night with outstanding issues over fishing dominating the proceedings.
With time running out, the UK is thought to have handed an olive-branch to the EU and it is understood Mr Barnier told EU ambassadors that Britain could now accept just 60 percent of the value of stocks in its own waters – down from the original 80 percent figure.
Fishing represents less than one percent of the UK economy but has become a symbol of taking back control from Brussels and handing it back to British fishermen who have been bound by strict EU rules for the past 40 years.
In a post on Twitter, former Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe warned against a compromise, he said: “People sneering at fishermen and claiming their industry is worthless prove they’re just desperate for Brexit to fail.
“Government after Government have betrayed our fishermen. If this Prime Minister thinks he can get away with doing the same, he’s sadly mistaken.”
Jacob Rees-Mogg has erupted in Parliament as he threatened Lords who have been blocking Boris Johnson’s latest Brexit bill.
Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said the UK Internal Market Bill will return on December 7 following a series of defeats in the Lords, which saw peers remove controversial “law-breaking” powers that enable the Government to breach the Brexit divorce deal. The Government has pledged to reinsert the controversial clauses, although this is likely to hinge on whether UK and EU negotiators reach an agreement in the coming days on future arrangements.
Mr Rees-Mogg confirmed the Government will be “pushing back” on all amendments made to the Bill by the Lords.
Speaking in Parliament, he said: “We will be doing the Lords amendments on Monday and we will be pushing back all the amendments which were made in the Lords – including the ones relating to Clause 5 and ensuring that we can put the best interests of the whole United Kingdom first.”
Britons have reacted furiously over a plot by Emmanuel Macron to extend Brexit talks into 2021.
On Tuesday, Mr Macron warned France would not accept an agreement that “would not respect our interests in the long term”.
According to EU sources, the French President has sounded the idea of talks resuming next year without the pressures of a tight deadline.
The UK has always vowed to respect the timescale and the prospect of an extension has prompted a huge backlash from a number of Express.co.uk readers.
Reacting to the news, one reader said: “Without a time limit we will still being talked down to by Brussels in 2030! Get us out now, Boris!”
A second reader said: “They can talk for as long as they like! The transition is over on 31/12/2020! You just do what you want Macron as long as it does not include a fishing rod and a boat!”
A third commented: “Stalling for time, it’s what the EU does best.”
3.27pm update: Barnier’s adviser says ‘there’s a way to go still’ in Brexit talks
Michel Barnier’s adviser Stefaan de Rynck has told a European Policy Centre event “there’s a way to go still” in the “marathon” Brexit talks.
He added the EU “cannot guarantee we’ll reach that finishing line with an agreement” though both sides want one.
Mr de Runck said: “Significant diverges remain. The outcome is uncertain.”
Brexit news: The stages needed to be completed for a deal to be reached (Image: EXPRESS)
Emily Ferguson has taken over live reporting from Luke Hawker
2.45pm update: Boris Johnson brings back ‘law-breaking’ legislation in FINAL threat to EU
Boris Johnson has issued a final threat to the EU in post-Brexit trade talks as the Government prepares to bring back a controversial Internal Market Bill which threatens to breach the withdrawal agreement.
2.00pm update: UK pushes EU within ‘millimetres’ of fishing red-lines
EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is working within “millimetres” his red lines on fishing, it has emerged.
An EU diplomat said: “We are millimetres away from the bottom line of the mandate and we have to really look at the details of what is now being negotiated.
“Fish is a very important factor because of the way it plays into domestic politics in France and other member states.
“I don’t think there is a need or a desire by leaders to really change the mandate. It includes our bottom line and we are not prepared to cross it.”
Jacob Rees-Mogg has confirmed MPs will debate the Internal Market Bill on Monday (Image: PA)
1.25am update: Rees-Mogg says Lords’ amendments to Brexit bill will be rejected
Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the House of Commons, said the Government will be “pushing back” on all amendments made by the Lords on the controversial Internal Market Bill.
Speaking in the Commons this afternoon, he said: “First of all, it is a real bill that will be coming forward.
“A real bill in terms of the EU taxation provisions once we have ended the transition period.
“We will be doing the Lords amendments on Monday and we will be pushing back all the amendments which were made in the Lords – including the ones relating to clause five and ensuring that we can put the best interests of the whole United Kingdom first.
“These are really important pieces of legislation.”
1.00pm update: Downing Street says ‘intensive’ talks continue in the capital
Downing Street has confirmed the UK and EU are working hard to find a breakthrough in Brexit trade talks.
A spokesman for the Prime Minister said: “Intensive talks are continuing in person in London as they have throughout the week, with the negotiating teams continuing to work hard to resolve the differences that remain.
“Our focus remains, and will continue to be, on trying to secure a free-trade agreement, as it has throughout the negotiations.”
12.40pm update: Starmer says Brexit deal in the ‘national interest’
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has urged the Government to strike a trade deal with the EU, arguing an agreement is the “national interest”.
He said: “We’ll have a look at that deal as soon as we see it and make our decisions then, but I can’t emphasise enough how a deal is in the national interest.
“We don’t know that there will be a deal – I hope there will.
“As soon as there’s a deal we’ll look at it, but if the choice is a deal or no-deal, then a deal is obviously in the national interest.”
Emmanuel Macron is facing a crisis as France demands changes to European Union rules to avoid damaging its own financial sector post-Brexit.
The UK formally left the EU back in January and while trade negotiations are still ongoing, there are less than 30 days for both sides to come to an agreement before the end of the transition period on December 31.
But now, France’s top securities regulator, Robert Ophele, has urged the EU to adjust rules to avoid penalising branches of EU banks trading in London.
Under the bloc’s “derivatives trading obligation (DTO)”, EU bank branches in Britain must use an EU-based platform for trading or a platform in countries like the US which has been approved by the bloc.
9.15am update: France piles pressure on Barnier to walk away – ‘No deal is better than a bad deal’
France has urged EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier to walk away from trade negotiations with the UK rather the sign up to a bad agreement, a former British ambassador has said.
In a post on Twitter, former UK ambassador to US and Germany, Christopher Meyer, said: “Irony piled on irony. The French are apparently telling Barnier no deal is better than a bad deal.”
Former Prime Minister Theresa May previously echoed those sentiments when the UK was negotiating the terms of the Brexit withdrawal agreement.
Brexit news: David Frost is leading UK negotiations with the EU (Image: GETTY)
The Prime Minister sparked fury when Brussels sources gloated the Prime Minister had scaled-down his demands on fishing quotas with the EU in a major Brexit climbdown. Express.co.uk is asking should the Prime Minister walk away from talks if the EU insist on 40 percent of UK fish?
8.25am update: Ireland says deal can be completed in the ‘next few days’
Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney says a Brexit trade deal can be signed within the next few days.
Speaking to Newstalk Radio, he said: “It’s the time to hold our nerve and trust Michel Barnier.
“And I believe if we do that, there’s a good chance that we can get a deal across the line in the next few days.”
Brexit news: A timeline of negotiations between the UK and EU (Image: EXPRESS)
8.10am update: Ministers warns UK willing to walk away from EU negotiating table
Gavin Williamson has warned the EU the UK is willing to walk away from trade talks unless the deal is “right for Britain”.
Speaking on Sky News, the Education Secretary added: “If such a deal isn’t available then we’re not going to sign up to something that is to our detriment.”
7.50am update: Williamson says ‘good progress’ being made in EU trade talks
Gavin Williamson says “good progress” is being made in post-Brexit trade talks with the EU and insisted the UK always expected negotiations to go down to the last-minute.
Speaking on Sky News, the Education Secretary said: “We always expect negotiations to go up to the wire, it’s a very typical situation when you’re having a negotiation with the European Union.
“I’m confident from what I hear that progress, good progress is being made but we’re going to do a deal that is right for Britain, if such a deal is available.”