Britain has officially begun to unilaterally withdraw from the withdrawal agreement with the European Union.
The United Kingdom’s internal market bill, which invalidates a previous withdrawal agreement with the European Union, was passed by the House of Commons yesterday.
The UK Internal Market Bill, which empowers the government to withdraw from the treaty with the European Union, was passed with the support of 256 people out of 340. Which means 84% majority.
The move comes amid protests from Brussels and opposition from the ruling Conservative Party.
The bill is left to the House of Lords to consider. The House of Lords, the upper chamber of the British Parliament, is expected to hold a scrutiny of the controversial bill in early December.
Prime Minister Johnson does not have a majority here and is likely to review the most controversial departments here.
If an agreement can be reached with the EU on the Irish border issue, there will be no problem there either. So the British government is trying to move the talks with the European Union faster.
If a deal with the European Union is not possible in this regard, any changes to the House of Lords Bill will have to be approved by the Commons, which will pave the way for a major political crisis and uncertainty in Britain.
The withdrawal agreement, signed by Johnson in January, provides for the protection of free trade with Northern Ireland. But Britain now says it will use it only if border talks with the European Union fail.
The European Union (EU) has stated that it will not allow member states to use Ireland as a gateway for smuggling goods through Northern Ireland’s open border, which could lead to serious breaches of the Exit Agreement and legal action.
The bill seeks to protect free trade between Britain’s four countries, even as the Brexit transition period draws to a close.
But it is also a failure to reach an agreement on a long-term relationship with Brussels. The UK bill is also a violation of international law.
Prime Minister Johnson has since passed a bill in the House of Commons to quell tensions within the party, including criticism of three former Conservative prime ministers.