United Kingdom Internal Market Bill — After Clause 1 — Common frameworks process — 7 Dec 2020 at 20:45
“established where they are necessary in order to…enable the functioning of the UK internal market”
“In a single piece of proposed legislation, the Government have managed to antagonise almost everyone, including a multitude of counterparties and international public opinion.”-[Official Report, House of Lords, 18 October 2020; Vol. 806, c. 1342.]
“an unnecessarily heavy-handed approach to balancing the demands of free trade within the UK with respect for the roles and responsibilities of devolved institutions.”-[Official Report, House of Lords, 19 October 2020; Vol. 806, c. 1336.]
“think long and hard before overturning…on the back of Conservative votes alone, any sensible changes”-[Official Report, House of Lords, 2 November 2020; Vol. 807, c. 585.]
“Even some Whitehall officials were baffled why the bill was drafted in the first place.”
“Sources tell me that Gove has been looking at ways to either amend the devolution section of the bill, or ditch it altogether. If the whole bill is quietly left”-
“I do not want”
“to be an independent sovereign state that chooses as one of the first assertions of that sovereignty to break its word, to break the law and to renege on a treaty that it signed barely a year ago.”-[Official Report, House of Lords, 19 October 2020; Vol. 806, c. 1295.]
“this is shameful; there is no other word for it. I am deeply ashamed that a Conservative Government should have embarked on this course.”-[Official Report, House of Lords, 19 October 2020; Vol. 806, c. 1301.]
“serious economic, societal or environmental difficulties”.
“changing how decisions are taken”,
“Increasing the UK government’s ability to invest directly in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland through the UK Internal Market Bill”.
“‘We may need these powers at some stage’. Maybe we will; I hope not.”
“open to the Government to come back to us, to Parliament, to put before us emergency legislation.” -[Official Report, House of Lords, 20 October 2020; Vol. 806, c. 1431.]
“The obligations imposed by an international agreement cannot have the effect of prejudicing the constitutional principles of the…Treaty”.
“It is therefore plain that the purpose of Clause 42 is to cut across the powers of the devolved Governments to provide financial assistance in areas such as economic development and commercial activities”.-[Official Report, House of Lords, 25 November 2020; Vol. 808, c. 276.]
“Clause 42 would enable the Government to work around, rather than work with, the devolved Governments”.-[Official Report, House of Lords, 25 November 2020; Vol. 808, c. 280.]
“unashamedly, the Government want to use this legislation to alter the devolution settlements…They are trying to make state aid a reserved matter by the device of expanding or extending the competition policy reservation.”-[Official Report, House of Lords, 25 November 2020; Vol. 808, c. 317.]
“Blunting and reducing the power of the devolved authorities is deemed to be a price worth paying so that the UK Government alone can determine the route they wish to follow in directing the new regime. Yet we do not know what this regime will look like.”-[Official Report, House of Lords, 25 November 2020; Vol. 808, c. 319.]
“Clause 44 reserves to the UK Parliament the exclusive ability to legislate for a UK-wide subsidy control regime.”-[Official Report, House of Lords, 25 November 2020; Vol. 808, c. 325.]
“takes the need for consultation but adds to it by saying that there must be a requirement to secure consent.”
“That draws on the common frameworks principles, which suggest that every sinew should be bent to secure consent.”-[Official Report, House of Lords, 23 November 2020; Vol. 808, c. 50.]
“the composition of the CMA should now reflect its different position and role under this Bill...it is critical that it commands the confidence of all the people of all the nations of the United Kingdom and therefore that it has representations from them.”-[Official Report, House of Lords, 23 November 2020; Vol. 808, c. 103.]
“Not only does the Bill ignore the common frameworks process but it destroys one of the key elements in that process that brought the devolved Administrations into it in the first place: it destroys policy divergence. It destroys those Administrations’ ability through that process to serve the interests of their own people, and to innovate.”-[Official Report, House of Lords, 18 November 2020; Vol. 807, c. 1432.]
“is not based on warm support for devolution but rather on hot resentment of the fact that the devolved Governments and legislatures can innovate at speed and take their populations with them.”-[Official Report, House of Lords, 18 November 2020; Vol. 807, c. 1434.]
“a pound spent in Croydon is far more of value to the country…than a pound spent in Strathclyde.”
“The UK Government is back in Scotland. Get used to it.”
“The Government should explain why such a broad power for the UK Government to spend money in devolved territories has been included in this Bill.”
“and many of them are constitutionally unacceptable.”
“This is a remarkable piece of legislation and it expressly contravenes our international legal obligations to a point that the legislation itself says this is the intention”.
“It is an obvious breach of international law.”
“The Ministerial Code still mandates compliance with international law, despite a change to its wording, as the Court of Appeal confirmed in 2018”.
“The rule of law is not negotiable.”
“But it is hard to think of a better argument for Scottish independence than a UK government that is prepared to use Westminster’s unconstrained sovereignty to override a binding treaty commitment it entered into less than 12 months ago.”
“a willingness to break international law sits ill for a country that has always prided itself on upholding the rule of law.”
“The U.K. must respect the Northern Ireland Protocol as signed with the EU to ensure the free flow of goods across the border.
“If the U.K. violates that international treaty and Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be absolutely no chance of a U.S.-U.K. trade agreement passing the Congress.”
“is committed to preserving the hard-earned peace & stability in Northern Ireland. As the UK and EU work out their relationship, any arrangements must protect the Good Friday Agreement and prevent the return of a hard border.”
“We can’t allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit. Any trade deal between the U.S. and U.K. must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period.”
“Treaty overrides by national statutory law are permissible under”
“Under the system of the Basic Law, international treaties have the same rank as statutory federal law. Therefore, they can be superseded by later federal statutes that contradict them.”
“Almost everyone expects there to be some sort of economic shock as a result of a Brexit. How big would it be?”
“Sub-paragraph (2C) applies if consent to an appointment is not given by any of those authorities within the period of one month beginning with the day on which it is sought from that authority.”
“having read the Bill and…report of the Constitution Committee,”-[Official Report, House of Lords, 19 October 2020; Vol. 806, c. 1361.]
“Nicola Sturgeon has been dancing up and down on the ball saying, you know you’re stealing powers from us. The irony is that if she gets these powers, she wants to hand them all back to Brussels. That’s a massive contradiction in her policy position.”
“will enable the UK Government to spend funds in ways that the UK/English Government think best, but which the people of Wales, for example, may have rejected. That is not democracy. In effect, it would give legislative underpinning to the now discredited principle that the Government in Westminster know best”.-[Official Report, House of Lords, 2 November 2020; Vol. 807, c. 574.]
“It is recognised that the Parliament of the United Kingdom is sovereign”,
“very real and direct threat to the rule of law, which includes the country’s obligations under public international law.”
“Part 5 of the bill…would undermine the rule of law and damage the reputation of the United Kingdom.”
“It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that this Government regard devolution as an inconvenience”.-[Official Report, House of Lords, 18 November 2020; Vol. 807, c. 1468.]
“The…Act of Union…has brought about more than 300 years of prosperity.”-[Official Report, House of Lords, 19 October 2020; Vol. 806, c. 1323.]
“I hope the Government will think long and hard before overturning in the Commons, on the back of Conservative votes alone, any sensible changes”-[Official Report, House of Lords, 2 November 2020; Vol. 807, c. 585.]
“enable ministers to derogate from the United Kingdom's obligations under international law in broad and comprehensive terms and prohibit public bodies from compliance with such obligations”-
“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.”
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
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What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||349 (+2 tell)||1||0||96.7%|
|Lab||0||193 (+2 tell)||0||97.5%|
|Stephen McPartland||Stevenage||Con (front bench)||no|