The Speaker
Wednesday, 17 July 2024 – 19:49

Government’s controversial Internal Market Bill clears Commons

The United Kingdom Internal Market Bill has cleared the House of Commons this evening with a majority of 84 votes following its third reading.

It is thought that the controversial bill, if passed into law, would give the Government the power to override the EU Withdrawal Agreement that was signed off between the UK & EU earlier this year ahead of the UK’s departure from the European Union on January 31.

MPs gave the bill its third reading on Tuesday, voting by 340 votes to 256. The bill will now move to the House of Lords where it will receive further scrutiny before it will be able to receive Royal Assent to become law.

A number of MPs have previously warned that the bill risks damaging the UK’s reputation and there has been debate over whether the bill could allow the Government to breach international law. Ed Miliband, Labour’s shadow business secretary described the bill as “indefensible”, though the Government has previously claimed that the bill is ‘sensible’ and an ‘insurance policy’.

When introduced, the bill also caused anger in Europe, while US presidential candidate Joe Biden also issued a warning over it.

In the second reading of the bill, a number of Conservative MPs abstained during the vote, refusing to support it. The vote in the third reading produced a similar result to the second reading vote earlier this month, where the bill passed by 340 votes to 263.



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