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The European Commission President insisted there is “very little time” to broker a future relationship agreement after a fiery row over the Government’s Internal Market Bill. In her first State of the Union address at the European Parliament, the top eurocrat accused Downing Street of not showing “good faith” with its plans to revoke EU customs checks and state aid rules for Northern Ireland as part of the divorce deal signed less than a year ago. She said: “This Withdrawal Agreement took three years to negotiate, and we worked relentlessly on it, line by line, word by word, together we’ve succeeded.
“And the result guarantees our citizens’ rights, financial interests, the integrity of the single market and crucially the Good Friday Agreement. The European Union and the UK jointly agreed it was the best, and only way, for ensuring peace on the island of Ireland.
“We will never backtrack on that. And this agreement has been ratified by this house and by the House of Commons. It cannot be unilaterally changed, disregarded or disapplied. This is a matter of law, trust and good faith.”
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