UK overriding Brexit divorce deal can be ‘self-defeating’: EU diplomats

Brussels, September 7

Britain’s reported plans to override components of its Brexit divorce settlement with the EU would quantity to “a desperate and ultimately self-defeating strategy”, a diplomat with the bloc mentioned on Monday.

Talks on a brand new relationship from 2021 between the estranged allies plunged right into a recent disaster on Monday after Britain warned the European Union that it may successfully override the divorce deal it signed earlier until the bloc agrees to a free commerce deal by October 15.

“‘Pacta sunt servanda’ meaning ‘agreements must be kept’ is a fundamental principle in international law. If the UK chose not to respect its international obligations, it would undermine its international standing,” mentioned an EU diplomat.

“Who would want to agree trade deals with a country that doesn’t implement international treaties? It would be a desperate and ultimately ‘self-defeating’ strategy,” the diplomat added.

Another EU diplomat, who additionally spoke on situation of anonymity, echoed that in referring to Britain’s divorce take care of the bloc final 12 months: “Without correct implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement, I cannot imagine the EU would conclude a treaty with a country that does not abide by its treaty commitments.” Reuters

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