London, September 13
Britain’s former prime ministers from rival events, Tony Blair and John Major, united on Sunday to name on members of Parliament to boycott Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s proposed regulation aimed toward overriding components of the Brexit divorce settlement.
Ahead of the Internal Market Bill arising for debate within the House of Commons on Monday, Major as a member of Johnson’s personal Conservative Party and Blair from the Opposition Labour Party warned that what’s being proposed by the prime minister is “shocking” and has wide-ranging ramifications on all future commerce negotiations, not solely with the European Union (EU) however with different nations.
“The overt repudiation of the treaty — by seeking to override unilaterally the provisions agreeing to the application of certain EU rules to Northern Ireland — strikes at the very heart of the withdrawal agreement,” the duo wrote in a joint article for ‘The Sunday Times’.
Major was a Conservative prime minister from 1990 to 1997. His Labour successor Blair served as Britain’s prime minister from 1997 to 2007. — PTI