The House of Commons of the British Parliament on Monday reintroduced the controversial clauses that give the United Kingdom the ability to violate the agreement with the European Union on the Northern Irish border after brexit, although the Government assured that “disable” them if you reach an agreement with Brussels.
The House of Lords (Upper) had eliminated in November those provisions of the so-called Internal Market law, understanding that violate international law, But the conservative absolute majority in the Commons allowed Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday to rescue the earlier version of the text.
With 357 deputies in favor and 268 against in one of the key votes of the night’s session, the chamber decided to recover some clauses that have outraged the EU and in recent months they have muddied the relationship between both sides of the English Channel.
Despite this decision in Parliament, the Government showed itself at the same time willing to lower your threat and “deactivate” the most controversial provisions if London and Brussels find new “solutions” in the coming days.
“Since the clauses were first introduced, the UK and the European Union have worked constructively through the Joint Committee on the Exit Agreement, which continues to make progress. Final decisions are expected in the coming days “, The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Paul Scully, told parliamentarians.
For now, however, the Government “will keep those clauses in their current form as backup option “, he pointed out.
Internal Market law ensures that “whatever the outcome of our negotiations with the EU on the implementation of the protocol we will always protect Northern Ireland’s place in the UK and we will ensure that Northern Irish companies have unrestricted access “to the rest of the country, Scully stressed.
With the controversial provisions, the Government reserves the right to stop applying the customs regulations agreed with the EU for goods crossing from Northern Ireland to the island of Great Britain, an arrangement designed to avoid the need for controls at the border between the two Ireland.
The UK also makes explicit in law its ability to breach the commitment that any commercial transaction between Northern Ireland and the EU will comply with EU regulations on state subsidies.
Once the House of Commons has reintroduced the amendments, Lords may re-evaluate the law of the Internal Market this week, a process that will be repeated as many times as the Upper House adds modifications to the text, in what is known in the United Kingdom as parliamentary “ping-pong”.