The controversial legislation overrides key elements of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, prompting fury in Brussels. A No 10 spokesman said ministers believed the Salisbury Convention – which states the House of Lords should not vote down legislation to implement government manifesto commitments – should apply to the UK Internal Market Bill. He added: “We would expect the Lords to abide by the Salisbury Convention.
“Guaranteeing the full economic benefit of leaving the EU to all parts of the United Kingdom and ensuring Northern Ireland’s businesses and producers enjoy unfettered access to the rest of the UK were clear Conservative manifesto commitments which this legislation delivers.”
Some peers have warned that the Bill – which passed its second reading in the Commons on Monday – will not get through the upper chamber in its current form.
The warning is likely intended to try and prevent a similar situation to that which dogged Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement as she tried unsuccessfully to get it through both Houses.
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