The British Government’s draft law that overlaps the part of the United Kingdom’s Withdrawal Agreement from the European Union (EU) was approved in parliament today, despite contention within the Conservative Party itself.
The text was approved with 340 votes in favor and 263 against, a margin of 77 votes, and several amendments were also rejected. Now move on to the specialty debate and will have to be approved by the House of Lords, the upper house of the British parliament, before being promulgated.
The Proposal for Internal Market Law sets rules for trade within the UK after the end of the transitional period in 2021, when access to the EU’s single market and customs union ends.
The British Government wants to ensure that products from Northern Ireland continue to have unrestricted access to the UK market and wants prevent provisions from being applied in areas like export declarations, state support and customs controls between the British province and Great Britain, the island where England, Scotland and Wales are found.
The EU Withdrawal Agreement and the Northern Ireland Protocol were drafted with the aim of protect the peace process in Northern Ireland, avoiding the need for a physical border between British territory and Ireland, member from EU.
The British Government argues that the proposed legislation is a “safety net”In case there is no understanding for a future trade agreement, solving legal problems and avoiding new barriers to trade between different parts of the UK.
However, he also recognized that violates international law, which sparked protests within the Conservative Party, still insufficient for a revolt to defeat the Government.
The initiative was criticized by politicians from all political quarters, in particular by four former prime ministers, conservatives John Major, Theresa May and David Cameron, and Labor Tony Blair.
Brussels expressed dissatisfaction and threatened reprisals in court, in addition to referring to the risk to ongoing negotiations for a post-Brexit trade agreement between the UK and the EU.
The ninth round will take place this week, in an atmosphere of tension and with several differences regarding issues of competition and access of European boats to British fishing waters.