LONDON (Reuters) – UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government sees a "path" through the parliamentary maze for his bill that would break the Brexit divorce treaty if he speaks to rebels in the Conservative Party, a minister said Wednesday.
Johnson's single market law, which the EU called for until the end of September, is currently being debated in parliament despite the fact that he is subject to rebellion by some members of his Conservative Party.
"I think there is a way through," Robert Buckland told the BBC when asked about negotiating the law with rebels in Parliament, adding that London wanted a deal with the EU.
"In terms of mutual understanding, I've already seen quite a difference," he said when asked about a possible compromise in Parliament.
When asked if he was involved in negotiations with Bob Neill, a Conservative lawmaker, Attorney General Robert Buckland said: "There is a lot of discussion with all MPs from all parts of the debate, not just Bob Neill."
"We want to get this bill through, we want to make sure we are ready for any disagreement or dispute that might arise if we don't reach an agreement in the joint committee," he said. "For me, I just want to sort out Brexit."
Buckland told Times Radio that the bill would be needed as an insurance policy in the event that the EU was in "material breach" of its commitments but the talks were ongoing and that London would use current mechanisms to reach a compromise Find.
The EU says Johnson's draft law could stall trade talks and lead the UK to a chaotic Brexit, while former UK leaders have warned that breaking the law is too big a step undermining the country's image .
Johnson said it was important to counter "absurd" threats from Brussels, including London putting up trade barriers between the UK and Northern Ireland and imposing a food blockade – steps he said are threatening UK unity.
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