PM Johnson says bill will stop European Union using "stick" against UK

Cheryl Sanders
September 15, 2020

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, leaves 10 Downing Street to attend Prime Ministers Questions at the Houses of Parliament on September 9, 2020 in London, England.

Johnson's plan to explicitly break worldwide law has plunged Brexit back into crisis less than four months before Britain is finally due to leave the EU's orbit at the end of a transition period, and put trade talks with the bloc in peril.

An amendment introduced by Labour leader Keir Starmer would have stopped the bill from progressing to a second reading, arguing that it "undermines the Withdrawal Agreement already agreed by Parliament", however the provision was defeated 349 to 213, despite a number of Tory abstentions and one Conservative "yes" vote.

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

"The EU still have not taken this revolver off the table", Johnson told parliament before the vote.

Sir Charles Walker, deputy chairman of the 1922 Committee, said: "I do think being asked to put this country, this House, members of this House, our constituents on the wrong side of the law before we've exhausted all other options ... surely we have to exhaust all other options before we press the
nuclear button".

"We were told that we would get a Canada deal".

"Struck by the needlessly antagonistic & utterly false rhetoric tonight in Westminster as the Internal Market Bill was debated". His spokesman, James Slack, said it is "critical" MPs pass the bill before the year-end.

His previous finance minister, Sajid Javid, said he could not support the bill unless it was amended. "I feel strongly about keeping the commitments we make; if we give our word, then we must honor it". David Cameron has this morning also expressed "grave misgivings" about the Bill.

The uncertainty around Brexit is likely to last beyond that caused by the pandemic, causing a long and deep shock rather than the short and sharp shock caused by the virus. Brexit will also hurt a different set of firms than those hit the most by the pandemic, Goldman said.

"But it doesn't matter anymore, we lost, it's over, that ship has sailed", he said. "It's reasonable for the government to play hardball, but within the rules", he said.

Europe's lawmakers are threatening to block any trade deal with the United Kingdom unless the latter withdraws its plans to override elements of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and to breach worldwide law in a "very specific and limited way".

The UK and the European Union remain in negotiations about a future trade deal with both sides saying that such a deal must be agreed on by October in order to be passed into law before December 31 when European Union trade regulations with the UK will end.

He campaigned for Johnson in the leadership contest, worked with him on community engagement and religious freedom and led the cross-party campaign for the government to use the terminology "Daesh".

Former Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Conservative Prime Minister John Major cast aside party rivalries to accuse Johnson of "shaming the UK" with the bill.

The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Keir Starmer, who was self-isolating due to a possible coronavirus case in his household, said he would oppose a bill that broke worldwide law. "It should be an absolute final resort".

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