United Kingdom Internal Market Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:11 pm on 14th September 2020.

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Photo of Craig Mackinlay Craig Mackinlay Conservative, South Thanet 8:11 pm, 14th September 2020

It seems to me that some arguments we are hearing this evening are broadly about international law and those sorts of obligations, despite France and Germany being in the premier league of infractions of their EU obligations, and many other instances raised by hon. and right hon. Members about other global infractions by various nations. Let us be clear: the provisions of this Bill are fully allowed for within the Northern Ireland protocol. Edward Miliband, who opened for the Opposition, made reference to the exact appropriate article—paragraph 1 of article 16—which says:

“If the application of this Protocol leads to serious economic, societal or environmental difficulties that are liable to persist, or to diversion of trade, the Union or the United Kingdom may unilaterally take appropriate safeguard measures.”