Find out how your MP voted on the Internal Markets Bill

Johnson lashes out at EU as he clears first hurdle for Brexit treaty breach

Last week the European Commission gave Johnson until the end of September to withdraw the bill and threatened to take legal action against the United Kingdom, with Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič describing the bill as an "extremely serious violation" of the Withdrawal Agreement which had "seriously damaged trust between the EU and the UK".

On Monday the Internal Market Bill passed the House of Commons by 340 votes to 263. It would also overturn state aid rules in Northern Ireland.

Downing Street has insisted the new bill "protects" the Good Friday Agreement, while the DUP has welcomed the bill and said it was tabling an amendment which will allow the United Kingdom to set state aid rules on goods in the north, rather than the EU.

Mr Javid's bombshell came as Mr Johnson stood up in the House of Commons to plead with MPs to back the UK Internal Market Bill, which he says is a "safety net" to prevent the European Union blocking food exports from the British mainland to Northern Ireland. The Democratic Unionist party, which opposed the Withdrawal Agreement because of the inclusion of the Northern Ireland protocol, also backed the government.

"The breaking of the law ultimately leads to very long-term and permanent damage to this country's reputation". "I believe the United Kingdom's word is its bond and I think this is damaging our global reputation for honesty and straight-dealing", Sir Roger said.

"I took a view that you fight this tooth and nail at every step". Others have quite clearly decided they want to hold their fire. "There is much to play for yet". "Those negotiations go on", Mr Gove told the Commons.

"We're committed to making a success of those negotiations". Should the Lords oppose the bill, they could delay it by one year.

"And this Bill is certainly not about declining to implement the Northern Ireland Protocol".

With Starmer self-isolating after being told this morning that a member of his household was showing possible symptoms of Covid-19, the Shadow Business Secretary and former party leader opened the debate for Labour.

But opposition Labour spokesman Ed Miliband ridiculed this suggestion, saying: "Either he wasn't straight with the country about the deal in the first place or he didn't understand it".

"Because a competent government would never have entered into a binding agreement with provisions it could not live with".

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. "I am regretfully unable to support the UK Internal Market Bill unamended".

"Mr Mitchell said he backed large parts of the Bill, but would not back it unless it was amended, but ". deliberately voting to breach worldwide law is something which I can not do.

"It is critical that we pass this Bill before the end of the year".



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