On Monday, following Britain’s statement that it plans on overriding parts of the Brexit divorce agreement which it hammered out with the European Union after months of negotiations, a diplomat from the bloc said, it would amount to “a desperate and ultimately self-defeating strategy”.
Talks between the two plunged into a new crisis on Monday after Britain’s statement that it could effectively override the divorce deal it signed earlier unless the bloc agrees to a free trade deal by October 15, which essentially is a pressure tactics.
“‘Pacta sunt servanda’ meaning ‘agreements must be kept’ is a fundamental principle in international law. If the UK chose not to respect its international obligations, it would undermine its international standing,” said an EU diplomat while adding, “Who would want to agree trade deals with a country that doesn’t implement international treaties? It would be a desperate and ultimately self-defeating strategy.”
This point of view was seconded by another EU diplomat, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, saying “Without correct implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement, I cannot imagine the EU would conclude a treaty with a country that does not abide by its treaty commitments.”