Despite fierce criticism - also from within - Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to change the already valid Brexit deal.

A preliminary vote will take place today, and the House of Commons will then decide next week.

The law is just a "safety net," says Johnson.

The EU, on the other hand, sees the law as a clear violation of the Brexit agreement.

But there is also criticism from within our own ranks.

Leading party members, including conservative ex-prime ministers such as David Cameron and John Major, distanced themselves from it.

In a further preliminary vote, 340 MPs voted for the draft law, only 263 were against.

What exactly is the controversial law about?

And what does that mean for relations between the UK and the EU?

Fabian Scheler spoke to the correspondent Bettina Schulz.

The EU foreign ministers discussed possible sanctions against Belarus on Monday.

At the meeting, the EU presented a list of 40 people held responsible for alleged electoral fraud and violence against demonstrations.

Travel bans could be imposed on them and their assets could be frozen.

So far, however, it is still unclear when the EU can adopt the planned punitive measures.

The reason is a veto by the EU country Cyprus, which wants to persuade the other member states to support new sanctions in the gas dispute against Turkey.

Michael Thumann, ZEIT's foreign policy correspondent, reports on what Cyprus is demanding of the EU and what role the situation on Lesbos plays in this.

And otherwise?

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