PUBLISHED: 09:23, Fri, Oct 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:24, Fri, Oct 30, 2020
Amendments on the UK Internal Market Bill were initially scheduled for the end of next month but a vote will now be held on November 9. Usually, amendments are voted on towards the end of the process but Lords will now consider them at the committee stage in order to stop the legislation proceeding. The vote could also have serious consequences for the current Brexit negotiations as Mr Johnson’s legislation is set to be defeated while talks are still ongoing.
The bill has been heavily criticised by peers, with members such as former Tory leader, Lord Michael Howard claiming the legislation would not pass through the Upper House.
On a vote on October 20, peers voted 395 to 169 for a motion which stated the Internal Market Bill “undermined the rule of law” and damages the UK’s reputation.
Lord Charlie Falconer, who served as Justice Secretary under Tony Blair, claimed the legislation will do serious damage to the UK going forward.
He said: “This Bill trashes the UK’s reputation for abiding by the law and it promotes divisions between the four parts of the United Kingdom. It is a terrible Bill.
Brexit news: Peers set to vote on bill (Image: GETTY)
Brexit news: Peers will vote on November 9 (Image: PA/GETTY)
“The Government operates in a way that indicates they don’t care about the law, they see the law as an inconvenience, they act as if they’re too clever for the law.
“They do not know the damage they are doing to the way the country works.
“If you can’t trust the law, who’s gonna trust us?
“Are the citizens of this country going to trust the government if they don’t care about the law?”