EU ERUPTS: Manfred Weber issues Brexit threat to Boris in EU row over UK’s ‘credibility’

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Speaking after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in the European Parliament, the head of the PPE warned MEPs will vote against a final trade deal agreed between Brussels and the UK if Boris Johnson continues to push for the withdrawal agreement to be overridden. Manfred Weber said: “Here the need of credibilities is really, really big.

“It makes no sense to negotiate a future agreement in the face of a British Prime Minister who is throwing out of the window the agreement that he signed himself.

“Great Britain you are losing your credibility at the global level.

“What I can say is that the European Parliament can never vote for any trade agreement with Great Britain if we cannot trust each other.

“So the upcoming months will be extremely challenging.

“They will shape Europe. Let’s show our citizens that Europe shows solidarity and first of all credibility.”

Addressing Parliament before Mr Weber, President von der Leyen also hit out at the Prime Minsiter over his plan to table the Internal Market Bill in Westminster. 

Every passing day reduces chances for sealing a new trade deal with Britain, the European Union’s chief executive said on Wednesday, warning London that there was “very little time” left to put an agreement in place by the end of the year.

In her major annual policy speech, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen dedicated just a few sentences to Brexit, mostly focusing on the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic as well as digital and climate investments.

“With every day that passes, the chances of a timely agreement do start to fade,” von der Leyen told the European Parliament in a “state of the (European) Union” speech styled on the ones US presidents deliver.

Von der Leyen also stressed both the EU and Britain negotiated and ratified their Brexit divorce deal and warned London the agreement “cannot be unilaterally changed, disregarded or dis-applied”.

“This is a matter of law, trust and good faith… Trust is the foundation of any strong partnership,” she said.

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