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UK has already breached withdrawal agreement, EU lawyers say

Leaked legal opinion says bloc already has grounds to take ‘legal remedies’ that could lead to financial and trade sanctions

Britain has already breached the withdrawal agreement by tabling the internal market bill, prompting Brussels to plan legal action that could lead to financial and trade sanctions, according to a leaked EU legal opinion.

The European commission believes Boris Johnson’s government breached the terms of the treaty just by taking the first steps to pass a new law that would negate key parts of the agreement signed last year.

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