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Boris Johnson lashes out at EU as he clears first hurdle for Brexit treaty breach

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson lashed out at the European Union on Monday, local time, as he won initial approval for a plan to breach the Brexit treaty, saying the move was needed because the bloc had refused to take a “revolver off the table” in trade talks.

Johnson won the so-called second reading parliamentary vote on the Internal Market Bill 340 to 263. A wrecking amendment was defeated shortly beforehand, though more will follow as he faces a growing rebellion in his party.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is ready to break EU treaty.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is ready to break EU treaty.Credit:Getty Images

The EU says Johnson’s bill would collapse trade talks and propel the United Kingdom towards a messy Brexit while former British leaders have warned that breaking the law is a step too far that undermines the country’s image.

Johnson, though, said it was essential to counter “absurd” threats from Brussels including that London put up trade barriers between Britain and Northern Ireland and impose a food blockade – steps he said threatened the United Kingdom’s unity.

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