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Sir Keir Starmer has told the Prime Minister to “get on with” getting a deal with the EU, warning that he is “making a mistake” by planning to renege on a treaty.

The Labour leader said Boris Johnson should not be re-treading old ground with the Brexit deal and should instead focus on finding a way to “defeat” the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to LBC, he said: “Boris Johnson is all over the place.

“Here he is, he’s signed a deal – he either knew what he was signing, in which case how has he got himself in this position? Or else he didn’t know, which I think is probably worse.

“I don’t think the outstanding issues can’t be resolved so my message to Boris Johnson is: get on with it and actually focus on what most people are speaking about this morning which is how on Earth do we defeat and deal with this pandemic?

“That’s what’s on people’s minds – they thought this was over, he’s reopening it, I think the nation would say to Boris Johnson, ‘Get on with it, you’re wrong’.”

He added that the Government’s position on the Internal Market Bill was damaging to the country.

The Opposition leader told LBC radio: “He is making a mistake reneging on a treaty, that will have reputational damage for the UK.

“Here we are on the world stage for the first time in many years on our own and what’s the first thing we do? We break a treaty.

“It’s basic stuff – if you say to other nations we agree something and a few months later you say no we don’t, the chances are they aren’t going to trust you going forward.”

Asked what the Prime Minister needed to do to get Labour support for the Bill, Sir Keir said: “I do think we need legislation on an internal market and we would support that if the Government took away these problems, didn’t breach international law and act in this way.

“I would say to the Prime Minister, look go away, go back to the drawing board, drop these problems, don’t act in this reckless and wrong way and we’ll look again at the legislation.”