LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s House of Commons on Tuesday approved legislation that gives ministers the power to break their divorce agreement with the European Union, threats of legal action from Brussels and unrest within the Governing Conservative Party in spite of.
Britain’s Internal Markets Bill, which the Minister acknowledges breaks international law, was approved by 340 to 256 votes and has now passed to the House of Lords for debate.
Once the Brexit transition period is over, the bill seeks to protect free trade between Britain’s four nations, but relations with Brussels have soured as time goes on to deal on their long-term relationship.
Following an initial uproar within Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s party, including criticism from three former Conservative Prime Ministers, a revolt was thwarted by Parliament to make a concession to use the powers.
The government says the bill removes the moratorium, which overrides the withdrawal agreement signed by Johnson in January, is necessary to protect free trade with Northern Ireland, and will only be used if the border with the European Union Negotiations on a solution fail.
The European Union, which seeks to ensure that Northern Ireland’s open border with member states Ireland, does not act as a door for goods, is to say that this is a very serious violation of the evacuation treaty and has sued Is threatened.
An investigation into the House of Lords, the upper house of parliament, is expected by early December. Johnson does not have a majority there and the amendment of the most controversial clauses is likely to receive strong support.
But negotiations with the European Union are expected to proceed more quickly, and if a deal can be reached on the Irish border solution, the powers may not be required.
If there is no deal, any change by the Lords will require approval from the Commons, creating the possibility of political deadlock.