Overwhelming majority” of peers will back attempts to block Boris Johnson’s bill government aimed at redefining parts of Northern Ireland Protocol, according to the Conservatives party Grand Ken Clark.
controversial law – designed take unilateral measures to stop inspections on goods agreed with EU as part of Brexit deal – to be published in the House of Commons on Monday.
But former Tory chancellor says radical plan would be ‘severely challenged’ in upper chamber. “I expect to find a very large majority of house of Lords will keep it up for considerable time, said Lord Clark daily mail.
“I personally, I’m afraid, usually vote against in government when they try to break rule of law,” he said, adding that the UK should observe “rules-based on international order in which the countries reach agreements and then stick to them.
Peer Tory added: “I do not think, government should authorize an agreement public that this is an excellent treaty, to achieve its ratification by the parliament then almost immediately start trying to break it.”
Comrade, Tory nobleman, Lord Michael Howard – former party leader who previously voted against in government on Brexit legislation – also said the bill would “certainly meet a bumpy road” in Lords.
Senior Labor and Liberal Democrat colleagues also promised to oppose the move, claiming that it violates international contract. Some observers predict that the lords might help dilute the bill and delay it for up to year.
In November 2020, peers presented government significant defeat over Home Market Bill – his previous claim to cancel parts of withdrawal agreement – 433 voted against 165 for removal key reservations.
Meanwhile, the Conservative MP Sir Bernard Jenkin warned government it could face a rebellion of Brexite supporters in House of Commons, unless legislation offers a “serious prospect” of DUP is going back in government in Stormont.
Mr. Johnson and foreign secretary Liz Truss is under pressure from Conservative MPs in deputies of the European Study Group (ERG) and DUP to make the bill as tough as possible in taking control of Traffic of goods between GB and NI.
Prime Minister and Miss Truss met Bill Cash of ERG earlier this week to discuss their legislative plans – said to draw “dual regulatory regime” permitting goods produced in GB in move to NI and vice versa, without checks.
Mujtaba Rahman, analyst at the consulting company Eurasia Group said the EU “won’t overreact” to the bill next a week. He said the leaders of Brussels are aware that it could take six up to 12 months for legislation for move through parliament.
But the Brexit expert said Independent that he expects the European Commission start “preparatory work” on possible reciprocal moves – including tariffs – on account moves through parliament.
This came after Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer warned that the prime minister was taking “wrecking ball to relationships with Republic of Ireland and the EU.
Labor leader met a little of Political leaders of Northern Ireland on Friday among the deepening row over post-Brexit trading agreements for in region and a dead end at Stormont.
Starmer held meetings with DUP leader Sir Geoffrey Donaldson – refusal to re-join in power-sharing as long as protocol checks are thrown away – and UUP head Doug Beatty in London earlier this week.
No. 10 confirmed on Friday that legislation led by Ms Truss – and summary of in government legal position – will be released on Monday. But full legal advice given to ministers has not been disclosed.
Downing Street has rejected the claim that Sir James Eady, government independent lawyer on legal questions, nobody asked give a view on would the bill violate international law.
foreign office minister James Cleverly refused directly tell me if you consulted him on in plans – but insisted that government remained “confident” in the legitimacy of his proposals.
Meanwhile, Tori’s peer David Frost, former A Brexit negotiator said he was “thinking” about running for parliament. “We’ll see if the opportunity presents itself, and maybe, maybe not, we’ll see… I’m thinking about it.”