Meanwhile, the prime minister has been warned by US congress members that the UK government’s “disturbing” plan to breach the terms of the Brexit deal puts at risk any future trade deal between the two countries.
The warning comes as Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, is set to meet today with senior US politicians including Mike Pompeo and Nancy Pelosi, the latter of whom has herself warned that a breach of the Brexit deal’s Northern Ireland protocol would mean there were “absolutely no chance of a US-UK trade agreement passing through Congress”.
Sir Ed Davey, the newly elected leader of the Liberal Democrats, has asked Boris Johnson about new research that shows three quarters of families with disabled children had their care support stopped during lockdown.
He said the Coronavirus Act is “partly to blame as it relaxed the duties to assess and meet the needs of disabled people”.
“As a father of a disabled child… I have seen legal advice that suggests that his government broke international law on how the Coronavirus Act reduced the rights of disabled people,” added Mr Davey.
Mr Johnson replied saying he was “no aware of that particular allegation” and will be “happy to write to him” to clarify.
European Commission president: UK cannot unilaterally disregard Brexit treaty
Ursula von der Leyen said the uk cannot unilaterally change or disregard the Withdrawal Agreement signed with the EU.
The European Commission president used her first State of the Union address to warn Boris Johnson’s government that trust in the UK would be undermined if it were to renege on treaty obligations.
“The European Union and the UK jointly agreed that it was the best and only way for ensuring peace on the island of Ireland and we will never backtrack on that,” Ms von der Leyen said before the European Parliament.
“This agreement has been ratified by this house and the House of Commons. It cannot be unilaterally changed, disregarded, disapplied.
“This is a matter of law and trust and good faith.”
Ms von der Leyen went on to quote Margaret Thatcher speaking ahead of the 1975 EEC referendum, when the former prime minister said: “Britain does not break treaties. It would be bad for Britain, bad for relations with the rest of the world and bad for any future treaty on trade.”
The commission president said Thatcher’s words were “true then and true today”, adding: “Trust is the foundation of any strong partnership.”