The UK government on 22nd September accepted the new legislation that will quash the important features of the Brexit withdrawal agreement. This would risk the collapse of trade negotiations with Brussels which might break international law, but only in “tightly defined circumstances”.
The internal market bill is made to secure the “seamless functioning” of trade between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland after the UK leaves the European Union’s single market and customs union at the end of this year. Some clauses which are mentioned in the bill would effectively set aside some parts of Northern Ireland protocol. This was signed alongside the withdrawal agreement and has incited prominent Brexit-supporting MPs who see it as a threat to British sovereignty.
Northern Ireland’s Secretary, Brandon Lewis, stated that the parliament is yet to “clarify” how last year’s Withdrawal Agreement with Brussels is executed as the internal market bill would “clearly and consciously” sabotage the agreement on Northern Ireland that Boris Johnson signed last October to steer clear of any return to a hard border in the region, one person with knowledge of the plans said. Last week even the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier , raised questions regarding the bill.