Brexit bombshell: Peers join forces to BLOCK Boris’ Internal Market Bill – PM under threat
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Amendments on the UK Internal Market Bill were initially scheduled for the end of next month but a vote will now be held on November 9. Usually, amendments are voted on towards the end of the process but Lords will now consider them at the committee stage in order to stop the legislation proceeding. The vote could also have serious consequences for the current Brexit negotiations as Mr Johnson’s legislation is set to be defeated while talks are still ongoing.
The bill has been heavily criticised by peers, with members such as former Tory leader, Lord Michael Howard claiming the legislation would not pass through the Upper House.
On a vote on October 20, peers voted 395 to 169 for a motion which stated the Internal Market Bill “undermined the rule of law” and damages the UK’s reputation.
Lord Charlie Falconer, who served as Justice Secretary under Tony Blair, claimed the legislation will do serious damage to the UK going forward.
He said: “This Bill trashes the UK’s reputation for abiding by the law and it promotes divisions between the four parts of the United Kingdom. It is a terrible Bill.
“The Government operates in a way that indicates they don’t care about the law, they see the law as an inconvenience, they act as if they’re too clever for the law.
“They do not know the damage they are doing to the way the country works.
“If you can’t trust the law, who’s gonna trust us?
“Are the citizens of this country going to trust the government if they don’t care about the law?”
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Peers will now prepare to remove six clauses of the bill in a huge blow to the Prime Minister.
Peers from across the house have now joined forces to block the legislation, and instead, throw it back to the Commons to be reconsidered.
The legislation sparked uproar in July after it put forward legislation to limit the EU’s powers to determine state aid.
It also proposes that exit declarations for goods moving between Northern Ireland Great Britain can be modified.
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Due to these modifications on the withdrawal agreement, which was signed in October, the EU has announced it will take up legal action against the UK.
EU Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen said: “The Commission has decided to send a letter of formal notice to the UK government.
“This is the first step in an infringement procedure.
“The letter invites the UK government to send its observations within a month.
“The Commission will continue to work hard towards a full and timely implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement.”
There is also concern the legislation is power grab from Westminster.
In the US, Democrat nominee Joe Biden, also warned a US-UK trade deal will be blocked if the Good Friday Agreement is violated.
UK officials, however, have stated the purpose of the legislation is to maintain trade between the four devolved nations.
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