The much debate and unsettling internal market bill have finally received the green signal and the British PM Boris Johnson has nothing to worry about. The Tory party tension looms a shadow but 77 votes have done the magic.
Of the 107 voting individuals, 30 were against the passing of the bill. These primarily comprised senior Conservatives, select committee chairs, and the Queen Counsel members. Others who abstained included two former Northern Ireland secretaries, Julian Smith, and Karen Brady. Of the 603 votes, a majority win saw the lead of 77 votes. The next hurdle to cross would be the Conservative chair of the justice select committee, chaired by Bob Neill.
Some who have voted are still worried about some of the clauses in the bill, while others feel it’s a breach of an understanding that Britain had with the EU before the Brexit came through and therefore does not respect the international law.
All five living former prime ministers had expressed concern about the bill, as well as the former Conservative leaders William Hague and Michael Howard.
The Internal Market Bill actually overrides the Withdrawal Agreement signed with the EU bloc and is said to be acting as a ‘trojan horse’. With this bill, somehow, Britain comes out of the shadows of the Single market economy. Instead, it ensures that all the four nations namely Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Britain, do not face discrimination on the lands of EU bloc earlier stated trade rules. The bill (if passed to a law) will also give Edinburgh, Belfast, and Cardiff new powers to create their own laws in 160 policy areas once the transition period is over.
Additionally, the bill will eventually override a key part of the Withdrawal Agreement (Article4) which says that it takes precedence over the UK’s domestic law.
There have also been rumors over forthcoming trade partnerships might get marred due to Johnson’s stand over the Internal Market Bill; particularly Japan, with whom Britain wishes to enter the arena of Free Trade Agreements.
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