The chairman of the ruling Conservative Party of Britain said that the United Kingdom cannot accept a proposal from the European Union that is aimed to break the deadlock in the Brexit negotiations since it would be considered as a threat to the unity of the United Kingdom by treating Northern Ireland differently.
The issue of how to preserve an open border on the island of Ireland is at the heart of the dispute between Brussels and London after British lawmakers turned down a so-called backstop insurance policy which they believe would keep the whole of the United Kingdom trapped in a customs union with the European Union.
Last Friday, Less than three weeks before the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on the 29th of March, Michel Barnier, the chief Brexit negotiator of the bloc, said that Britain could have the unilateral right to leave their customs union after Brexit.
However, he said that Northern Ireland would have to remain in the trade orbit of the European Union in order to prevent the necessity for any customs checks on the border with EU-member Ireland.
In an interview with BBC radio, Brandon Lewis stated: “We are not going to have an agreement that compromises the unity of the United Kingdom.”
He added: “The proposal that Michel Barnier put out yesterday would compromise the strength of the union.”
This coming Tuesday, the Lawmakers in Britain are set to vote again on whether to accept the deal that is struck by Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
So far, the government has failed to secure some changes to the divorce deal that could gain the support of lawmakers, after they roundly turned it down last January.
Lewis said that the discussions over the Brexit deal is set to continue over the weekend.