Brexit Bulletin—Lords approve regret motion at Second Reading of UK Internal Market Bill

Brexit Bulletin—Lords approve regret motion at Second Reading of UK Internal Market Bill

The government has faced further criticism over the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill, which had its Second Reading in the House of Lords on 19-20 October 2020. Lord Judge put forward an amendment to the motion for Second Reading, stating ‘that this House regrets that Part 5 of the Bill contains provisions which, if enacted, would undermine the rule of law and damage the reputation of the United Kingdom’. The motion of regret was approved by 395 votes to 169 and the motion as amended passed without division. The Bill will next be reviewed in a Committee of the whole House, which is due to commence on 26 October 2020, continuing into November 2020.

What happens next?

The Bill moves next to a Committee of the whole House of Lords for line by line examination. Provisional dates for the Committee Stage are as follows:

• Monday 26 October 2020

• Wednesday 28 October 2020

• Monday 2 November 2020

• Wednesday 4 November 2020

For Bill Tracker updates on the UK Internal Market Bill, see: LNB News 10/09/2020 3.

Sources:

• House of Lords, United Kingdom Internal Market Bill, Division 1, 20 October 2020

• Hansard, House of Lords, 19 October 2020—United Kingdom Internal Market Bill, Second Reading (1st Day)

• Hansard, House of Lords, 19 October 2020—United Kingdom Internal Market Bill, Second Reading (2nd day)

For further detail, see: LNB News 20/10/2020 91.

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