The government has been defeated over their controversial Brexit legislation which would potentially see the UK break international law in a limited and specific way according to ministers.
The House of Lords voted 433 to 165 to defeat the Internal Market Bill, which would allow the UK to set its own rules when dealing with trade regulations with Northern Ireland if no trade agreement is reached with the EU. This would break obligations agreed under the Withdrawal Agreement between Britain and the EU. However, this isn't the first time the House of Lords has gone against the government wishes. The defeat in the Lords can only temporarily delay the legislative process if the House of Commons continues to vote for the bill.
Critics of the government say the Bill would undermine trust in Britain as a diplomatic power if it is seen to break international law. The election of Joe Biden as US President also adds pressure on Boris Johnson to scrap the controversial parts of the bill, as the Democrat has previously made noises criticising the legislation. The government argues the provisions in the Bill are aimed at protecting the integrity of the UK’s internal market, meaning there should be limited to no trade barriers when trading between different parts of the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, trade negotiations continue, with Michel Barnier travelling to London this week to continue crunch talks. If a deal is not agreed between the two sides within the next week or so it is said it is unlikely that any trade deal will have enough time to be ratified by the European Parliament. However, the two sides are still at loggerheads over fishing rights and state aid rules, which have been the consistent arguing points throughout the talks.
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