“Struck by the needlessly antagonistic & utterly false rhetoric tonight in Westminster as the Internal Market Bill was debated. The cult of Brexit is pursuing a truly awful path,” tweeted Irish Fine Gael politician Neale Richmond.
British government passed the bill with a majority 340 to 263, despite vocal opposition from former prime ministers and members of the Conservative party. Critics have called the act a breach of international law.
The House of Commons passed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s proposed bill in a vote on Monday evening by 340 to 263, with results coming in around 10:30 p.m. local time.
The Internal Market Bill, which was debated in the lower house of parliament, the House of Commons, throughout Monday evening, is a contravention of the United Kingdom’s divorce treaty with the European Union and had already generated criticism from EU partners and Conservative lawmakers alike.
Now that the bill has passed its second reading, it will face four more days of debate. At that stage, lawmakers could still insert revisions that could change the entire meaning of the bill.
Caroline Lucas of Green Party,MP, Still can’t quite believe what we’re witnessing. This is nothing to do with views on Brexit – it’s about who we are as a country – about the rule of law – about the most basic principles of liberal democracy.
Scottish National Party also slammed the bill, saying that it “breaks international law, attacks Scotland’s democracy, threatens our NHS & public services, imposes an extreme Brexit against our will.”