“This bill is intended to make Parliament complicit in a system that openly ignores two fundamental principles — that single agreements must be respected and that the government is not above the law,” said David Anderson, an independent member of the Lords. “How could we do that?” Ministers say the bill would provide a “safety net” in case the EU has an “extreme and inappropriate” view of the agreement, particularly the Northern Ireland section. The section – known as protocol – aims to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland. Trade negotiations between EU and UK officials continue in London as they try to reach an agreement on a future economic partnership. Charles Falconer, Labor`s spokesman for constitutional policy, warned that the law could turn the UK into an “international pariah,” while others said that Joe Biden, the president-elect of the United States, had asked the UK to do nothing that could undermine the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement. This bill aims to implement the agreement between the UK and the EU, in accordance with Article 50, paragraph 2, of the Treaty on the European Union, which sets out the terms of the UK`s exit from the EU. The Internal Market Act, which aims to regulate trade within the UK`s four nations – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – will come into force on 1 January if the UK leaves the EU internal market in the absence of a successor agreement. Talks between Britain and the EU broke down last week, with each side calling on the other side to compromise to reach an agreement. The EU said it was happy to keep talking, but Johnson said the negotiations were over unless there was a “fundamental” transition from the bloc.
He urged British businesses to prepare for an economic break with the EU at the end of the year. What is controversial is that UK ministers have the power to change or “disqualify” the rules on trade in goods, including the Northern Ireland Protocol, as set out in the withdrawal agreement signed with the EU. The law violates part of the legally binding Brexit withdrawal agreement by allowing Britain to repeal important provisions on Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK.