At least thirty conservative parliamentarians have shown in recent days their opposition to the bill on the internal market proposed by the prime minister, which passed its first parliamentary process in the House of Commons last Monday, with a victory of 340 votes to 263. In an attempt to quell the rebellion and avoid an internal crisis that would pose more obstacles to the legislation, the prime minister reached this Wednesday a deal with some of the rebels, with whom he promised that Parliament will have the last word on whether or not the Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union is broken. The bill, which will return to the House of Commons next week, would face less resistance then, after Johnson promised to introduce an amendment that would give deputies the ability to vote before using the powers that the legislation would grant and that, according to the Executive itself recognized, it would violate international law.
In a joint statement with No. 10, Damian Green, leader of a centrist group of conservative parliamentarians, asserted that “the internal market bill was designed to give parliamentarians a vote on the use of these powers through a legal instrument ”, and explained that“ after the discussions, it was agreed that the parliamentary procedure suggested by some colleagues provides a democratic mandate clearer and more explicit for the use of these powers, and also provides more legal security. The statement affirms that among the “Tories” there is “almost unanimous agreement that the government should be able to use these powers as a last resort, that there should be legal certainty and that no further amendments to these powers are required.”
The bill, which affects the conditions agreed for Brexit and especially regarding the Northern Ireland Protocol, was not liked in Europe, within the conservative party and was even harshly criticized by five former prime ministers. After knowing the result of the talks between Johnson and the rebel deputies, the Labor Party announced who will continue to oppose the project. “This does not solve the problem of breaking the law, damaging our reputation around the world and damaging our future prosperity,” said Labor shadow business secretary Ed Miliband, who replaced leader Keir Starmer on Monday during the debate. He added: ‘We need a trade agreement with Europe, and that is what they promised us. Breaking our own word and the treaty the prime minister signed puts it at risk.
Johnson does not have them all with him, since in the House of Lords there are also strong opposition to your project, which the prime minister considers necessary to prevent the EU from behaving in an “unreasonable” way. This was said today before the Liaison Committee, made up of the presidents of the rest of the parliamentary committees, where he also argued that he believes that the community bloc is not negotiating with the United Kingdom “in good faith.”