Posted on Sep 14, 2020
Boris Johnson's proposed law giving his government the power to override parts of the Brexit agreement with the EU has passed its first hurdle in Britain's House of Commons.
Parliamentarians backed the Internal Market Bill by a comfortable majority of 340 votes to 263.
Ministers say it contains vital safeguards to protect Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, if negotiations on a future trade deal break down, although critics, including a number of Tory MPs and five former prime ministers, warned it risks damaging the UK by breaching international law.
The UK government, despite its majority of 80 in the Commons, is reportedly bracing itself for rebellions in the coming weeks as the legislation receives detailed scrutiny.
Several prominent Conservatives, including former Chancellor Sajid Javid, have stated they could not support the final bill unless it is amended, with several expected to have abstained in Monday's vote.
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