United Kingdom Internal Market Bill — 14 Sep 2020 at 21:48

“unfettered access to the rest of the UK”.
“maintain and strengthen the integrity and smooth operation of our internal market.”
“Northern Ireland is part of the customs territory of the United Kingdom.”
“regulations…are not to be regarded as unlawful on the grounds of any incompatibility or inconsistency with relevant international or domestic law”.
“We will ensure that Northern Ireland’s businesses and producers enjoy unfettered access to the rest of the UK”.
“this House notes that the UK has left the EU; calls on the Government to get on with negotiating a trade deal with the EU; recognises that legislation is required to ensure the smooth, effective working of the internal market across the UK; but declines to give a Second Reading to the Internal Market Bill because this Bill undermines the Withdrawal Agreement already agreed by Parliament, re-opens discussion about the Northern Ireland Protocol that has already been settled, breaches international law, undermines the devolution settlements and would tarnish the UK’s global reputation as a law-abiding nation and the UK’s ability to enforce other international trade deals and protect jobs and the economy.”
“I never thought it was a thing I’d hear a British minister, far less a Conservative minister, say, which is that the government was going to invite parliament to act in breach of international law…We have a reputation for probity, for upholding the rule of law, and it’s a reputation that is very precious and ought to be safeguarded, and I am afraid it was severely damaged…by the bill”.
“These talks began in March and continued throughout the summer in a spirit of good faith and mutual respect for the delicate arrangements in Northern Ireland.”
“If the application of this Protocol leads to serious economic, societal or environmental difficulties that are liable to persist, or to diversion of trade, the Union or the United Kingdom may unilaterally take appropriate safeguard measures.”
“There are clear and lawful responses available to Her Majesty’s government”.
“puts the Good Friday agreement at risk”-
“because it negates the predictability, political stability and legal clarity that are integral to the delicate balance between the north and south of Ireland that is at the core of the peace process.”
“there are particular circumstances in Northern Ireland at the border that deserve particular respect and sensitivity, and that is what they have received in the deal.”
“a great deal for Northern Ireland.”-[Official Report, 19 October 2019; Vol. 666, c. 578-579.]
“the effective working of the protocol is a matter for the Joint Committee to resolve.”
“I know that, as part of our national effort, the law-abiding majority will stick to these new rules. But there will be a small minority who do not”.
“The UK must respect the Northern Ireland Protocol as signed with the EU… If the UK violates that international treaty and Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be absolutely no chance of a US-UK trade agreement passing the Congress.”
“The bill should, as a matter of principle, comply with public international law and the rule of international law, pacta sunt servanda…should be honoured. Adherence to the rule of law underpins our democracy and our society. We believe that to knowingly break with the UK’s reputation for following public international law could have far-reaching economic, legal and political consequences and should not be taken lightly.”
“the proposals pose a significant threat to the development of Common Frameworks and to devolution.”
“the proposed legislation will lead to a race to the bottom, threatening our high standards in food, environment and animal welfare, thus damaging the image of Scottish produce.”
“These standards are best safeguarded by the Scottish Parliament.”
“mutually agreed common frameworks should be the foundation of the UK internal market, rather than the imposition of a single approach across the UK in devolved policy areas.”
“would undermine the four UK nations’ devolved education functions.”
“limits policy divergences and risks stifling innovation”.
“is uniting political parties, trade unions and wider civil society in Scotland against a power grab which would see UK Government interference in previously devolved matters and a rolling back of the”
“settlement we voted for in 1997”.
“the UK Government plans to sacrifice the future of the union by stealing powers from devolved administrations”,
“an attack on democracy and an affront to the people of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, who have voted in favour of devolution on numerous occasions.”
“the Union and the United Kingdom shall only have recourse to the procedures provided for in this Agreement.”
“The breaking of international law is a sport at which the EU itself often excels.”
“with foreign powers the subjects of Ireland shall have the same privileges as British subjects.”
“in good faith and in full respect of their respective legal orders”.
“the Parliament of the United Kingdom is sovereign.”
“International law does not justify a later treaty to which these community representatives are not parties being used to over-ride the rights they enjoy under the earlier treaty”.
“the effective working of the protocol is a matter for the Joint Committee to resolve.”
“the existence of the power to override a number of the UK’s international obligations may itself constitute a violation of international law.”
“notwithstanding any relevant international or domestic law with which they may be incompatible or inconsistent”.
“If the application of this Protocol leads to serious economic, societal or environmental difficulties that are liable to persist, or to diversion of trade, the Union or the United Kingdom may unilaterally take appropriate safeguard measures.”
“a very, very ingenious scheme”.-[Official Report, 19 October 2019; Vol. 666, c. 594.]
“no more dither and delay”.
“sacrifice the future of the union by stealing powers from the devolved administrations”.
“If we lose our reputation for honouring the promises we make, we will have lost something beyond price that may never be regained.”
“treaties between sovereign states have effect in international law and are not governed by…domestic law”.
“serious economic, societal or environmental difficulties that are liable to persist, or to diversion of trade”,
“It is recognised that the Parliament of the United Kingdom is sovereign… Accordingly, nothing in this Act derogates from the sovereignty of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.”
“hunker down in good faith and break the logjam.”
“The rule of law is the most precious asset of any civilised society…which makes sure that when those who hold power abuse it, they can be checked”.

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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

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PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Alliance0 10100.0%
Con339 (+2 tell) 0194.0%
DUP7 0087.5%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent1 10100.0%
Lab0 195 (+2 tell)097.5%
LDem0 110100.0%
PC0 30100.0%
Total:347 212195.3%

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NameConstituencyPartyVote
Andrew PercyBrigg and GooleConboth

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