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The Government’s Internal Market Bill will soon become “an irrelevance”, according to Conservative MP Peter Bone. Mr Bone assured BBC Newsnight that he believed there would definitely be a Brexit trade deal agreed between the UK and EU before the December deadline. This follows days of fury after the Government announced its intention to override certain parts of the withdrawal agreement to do with Northern Ireland with new legislation.
Mr Bone told Newsnight: “If we have a comprehensive free trade agreement then this Internal Markets Bill is irrelevant because we’ve done a comprehensive trade deal.
“So why would the European Union Parliament be asked to ratify something that hasn’t been agreed? That just doesn’t make any sense.
“First of all, this Bill hasn’t even reached the House of Commons.
“It starts its process on Monday with a second reading. Then we have days and days in committee on the floor of the House.”
He continued: “Then it will have to go into the Lords and come back again.
“It’s going to be weeks and weeks before any decision.
“We will get a deal, which is in the interest of both the UK and the EU, probably before this Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.
“This is only a safety net so if we get a comprehensive free trade agreement, this is an irrelevance.”
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The MP added: “Where is this border between the Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland going to be built? Who is going to build it?
“The EU aren’t going to build it, the Irish aren’t going to build it and the Northern Irish aren’t going to build it.
“So it’s a threat about something that just isn’t going to happen.”
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The European Commission have demanded that the Government withdraw these measures by the end of the month.
They claim that the Bill has “seriously damaged trust” between the EU and UK.
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis admitted that the Government’s plan would break international law.
However, he claimed it would only be “in a very specific and limited way”.
Michael Gove justified the move, warning that the current provisions of the withdrawal agreement would “damage” the relationship between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
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