UK's Johnson attacks European Union after winning vote to breach Brexit agreement

  • UK's Johnson attacks European Union after winning vote to breach Brexit agreement

UK's Johnson attacks European Union after winning vote to breach Brexit agreement

James summarised that Boris Johnson "has whipped the Conservative party to break the withdrawal agreement with which he won the last general election".

Johnson says the UK Internal Market Bill will ensure "unfettered access" for trade after that within the UK's four nations - Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

But in the House of Commons on Monday, MPs approved it, giving it a second reading by 340 votes to 263. It's about exit declarations - Northern Ireland to GB - and the definition of state aid relating to Northern Ireland.

The bill is created to enable goods and services to flow freely across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland when the United Kingdom leaves the EU's single market and customs union on 1 January 2021.

"We are ensuring the UK Internal Market Bill stays true to that principle that is why we are bringing this bill forward". "That is the fundamental objective of this bill", he told the MPs.

A key part of the agreement on trade is the Northern Ireland protocol created to prevent a hard border returning to the island of Ireland.

But the legislation would see London unilaterally regulate United Kingdom trade and state aid within Northern Ireland - in violation of the Brexit treaty, that demands Brussels have a say.

Opposition to the Bill has been building among Conservatives since Brandon Lewis told MPs that the government planned to break the law.

Several of Johnson's own Conservative MPs expressed alarm about breaking global law, with ex-finance minister Sajid Javid and former attorney general Geoffrey Cox among those saying beforehand that they would not back the bill as it stood.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The proposition that we should march through the Lobby as lawmakers and say that we are going to ignore and disavow a law that we have passed, to do with the rule of law, that is completely unacceptable". "I believe the United Kingdom's word is its bond and I think this is damaging our global reputation for honesty and straight-dealing", Sir Roger said.

The current version of the bill does not contain such a provision, however Sir Bob Neill, the chairman of the Commons justice committee, has tabled an amendment that would require MPs to approve any use of its powers.

Meanwhile, Labour leader Keir Starmer announced that he is isolating after a family member showed possible signs of Covid-19 infection. "There is much to play for yet".

The big challenge for the negotiating teams is to resolve issues that "make this legislation irrelevant" in a bid to secure a deal that is acceptable to all parties, Mr Coveney said speaking on his way into a Cabinet meeting.

"We're committed to making a success of those negotiations". What this Bill is not about is abandoning the Withdrawal Agreement, the Withdrawal Agreement is there, we are safeguarding the rights of three million European Union citizens in the United Kingdom, just as European Union nations are safeguarding the rights of one million United Kingdom citizens in the EU.

"And this Bill is certainly not about declining to implement the Northern Ireland Protocol".

"Either he wasn't straight with the country about the deal in the first place or he didn't understand it", Miliband said.

The Commons also voted against a Labour amendment to reject the bill entirely by 349 to 213.