British PM Johnson set to win vote on Brexit treaty-busting powers

Clay Curtis
September 22, 2020

Former British finance minister Sajid Javid said he had changed his mind and would back the new plan, having initially said he could not support it - the latest in a line of potential rebels to accept the government's compromise.

She told MPs the move, which breaks global law, would damage "trust in the United Kingdom".

The UK parliament passed the Internal Market Bill by a majority of 77 votes on Monday (14 September).

Johnson said the amendments were included to "protect" trade between mainland Britain and Northern Ireland.

However, the UK Internal Market Bill seeks to override elements of the protocol's operation, including around the application of European Union state aid rules in Northern Ireland and on the requirement for exit summary declarations for goods moving to Great Britain.

Germany's minister of state for Europe, Michael Roth, has appealed to the British government to stop its plans to push through an internal market bill that would mean the country breaking global law.

The sides committed to a new meeting to discuss Britain's plans to disregard part of the withdrawal agreement it had signed with the 27-nation European Union amid acrimony that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson would even contemplate to break an agreement he himself signed.

"This can only weaken the United Kingdom in the eyes of the world".

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There are people in manufacturing, in construction, in retail and in other roles where we recognise that's simply impossible. The Government said that as of 9am on Monday, there had been a further 4,368 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

She added an arbitration process would be available, meaning the government's controversial additions have "no place in this Bill".

EU countries' ministers for European affairs met in Brussels on Tuesday and German chairman Michael Roth said the British plan was "extremely" worrisome since it "violates the guiding principle of the withdrawal agreement", which officially allowed the United Kingdom to leave the bloc last January 31.

Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Mrs May said: "I can not emphasise how concerned I am that a Conservative Government is willing to go back on its word, to break an worldwide agreement signed in good faith and to break global law.".

Many EU foreign ministers are starting to think that the British government does not want a deal with the EU, Coveney said.

He added: "Through this bill, we are acting to uphold those priorities and deliver commitments we made in our election manifesto that we will provide unfettered access between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, and maintain and strengthen the integrity and smooth operation of our internal market".

"The consequences of this for Northern Ireland in that scenario would be very damaging", he told MPs.

SNP Westminster deputy leader Kirsten Oswald called the bill "a grubby power-grab which we can not and will not support" and that sections of it hung "like a badge of dishonour around this prime minister's term of office".

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