Internal Market Bill Statement

16th September 2020

I 100% support the Government in negotiating hard for a good trade deal with the EU in line with the Withdrawal Agreement that the PM negotiated last year, and on the basis of which we won the election and he signed the Treaty in January.

If the EU dont stick to that Agreement we need to be ready to take unilateral steps to protect the UK.

But we shouldnt be the ones to break it. This country is respected worldwide as people who honour our word. Putting ourselves in a situation where the UK Government and its Ministers are breaking international law is a dangerous and unwise precedent which I fear will backfire and undermine our authority.

The power to over-ride the Withdrawal Treaty should only be used as a final resort IF we end up in a position in which the EU has broken its undertakings and left us with no choice to ensure the free flow of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  So Im delighted that the PM has accepted the proposal in the Amendment by Conservative MPs for these powers to be used only “In Extremis” as a UK backstop IF we end up with No Deal and the EU threatening to prevent trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which no UK Government could accept.

To see my previous statement on this issue, please click here.

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