The House of Commons approves maintaining the clauses that could violate the agreement with the EU after Brexit


The United Kingdom’s House of Commons voted on Monday in favor of maintaining the controversial clauses in the internal market bill that could void the agreement with the EU after Brexit and violate international law, although the Government of Boris Johnson He has assured that he will abandon them if he reaches an agreement with Brussels.

Specifically, 237 legislators have rejected five amendments presented by the House of Lords that eliminated the controversial clauses of the internal market bill, compared to 268 who have been in favor of the Upper House proposal.

The Upper House had eliminated in November these provisions, which have caused a stir in the EU, from the internal market law because it considered that it violated international laws, although with the vote on Monday the Lower House has decided to reintroduce them into the bill Of law.

With this decision, the internal market bill will return to the House of Lords to be evaluated again this week in a process that will take place as many times as this body introduces modifications to the text and that, therefore, could be extended for months , as reported by ‘The Guardian’.

The controversial clauses would allow the British Government to reserve the right to apply the customs regulations included in the agreement with the EU after Brexit for goods crossing from Northern Ireland to Great Britain, while also allowing the United Kingdom to breach the commitment that Any business transaction between the EU and Northern Ireland must comply with EU regulations on state contributions.

However, also this Monday, the British Government has left the door open to abandon these clauses, which conflict with the Withdrawal Agreement, in order to unblock a pact with the European Union on the future relationship before the deadline of 31 December December.

In a statement, the Government of Boris Johnson has stressed that the discussions between the United Kingdom and the EU are still continuing – this Monday the British ‘number two’, Michael Gove, traveled to Brussels – and “final decisions are expected in the next days”.

For this reason, “if the solutions that are being considered in these discussions are agreed”, the British Government would be willing to “withdraw clause 44 of the internal market law, relating to export declarations” as well as to “deactivate” the Clauses 45 and 47, regarding State aid, “so that they can be used only when it is in accordance with the rights and obligations of the United Kingdom under International Law”.

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