First obstacle overcome in the British House of Commons for the highly contested bill of the government of Boris Johnson which aims to question through a national law (Internal Market Bill) some of the commitments made for the post-Brexit in the Withdrawal Agreement signed with the ‘EU, especially on the trade and customs status of Northern Ireland, and which has sparked the wrath of Brussels. The second reading of the provision – introductory vote in the classroom – passed with 340 yes and 263 no. But with a majority crippled by various abstentions that suggests a game perhaps still open in the next stages of the process.
Johnson claims the controversial post-Brexit bill that calls into question some commitments contained in the Withdrawal Agreement signed with the EU. It is a text that aims “to guarantee the political and economic integrity of the United Kingdom, on which so many jobs and so many lives depend”, said the premier, presenting it to the Municipalities and inviting deputies to vote for it, despite the announced no. also by prominent Tory exponents. In his words, it is a question of preserving free movement within the country and in particular “Northern Ireland as an integral part” of the Kingdom, while reaffirming “the crucial objective of protecting the Good Friday Peace Agreement” which provides a barrier-free external border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.
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