On September 22, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved a step closer to get a parliamentary nod for the new powers that will allow him to break the Withdrawal Agreement struck with the European Union last year after lawmakers backed changes to the Internal Market Bill.
Former FinanceMinister Sajid Javid was among several potential rebels who accepted the government’s compromise, who initially said that he could not support the bill.
The Bill seeks to allow Britain’s four nations to carry out trade freely with each other after Brexit. However, Ministers are of the view that it will require breaking the EU exit treaty to protect Northern Ireland unless stalled talks with Brussels make a breakthrough.
The European Union has been angered over the plan which has drawn criticism from lawmakers who are of the view that going back on an international agreement damages the reputation of Britain.