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MetiNews.Com - Boris Johnson will face a grilling from senior MPs today with his Government facing a string of challenges, including the ongoing fallout over the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement .
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Sir Keir Starmer will miss the session because he remains in isolation while awaiting a Covid-19 test result for a member of his family. Meanwhile, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson will appear before the Education Select Committee. It comes after he was warned of the possibility of legal action if the Government fails to protect teachers working in schools which have fully reopened during the pandemic. Read our latest updates below... Live Updates New updates availableRefresh 2020-09-16T08:24:28.573Z Buckland says UK will claim that EU breached obligations Robert Buckland said any suggestion in the future that the UK has broken the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement through the Internal Market Bill will have been sparked by a European Union decision.He told Sky News: “If we reach that stage, the reason for it is because we judge that sadly, despite everybody’s best efforts, the EU is in a position where we think they are actually breaching their obligations to us.“It is like an international dispute where clearly there is a breach somewhere but it is going to be the subject of a lot of argument.“I would like to avoid that, I think we can but we do need to just prepare for that contingency, that ‘break glass in case of emergency’ provision, which I believe this is.” 2020-09-16T08:16:18.410Z Buckland refuses to deny talks with PM and Sir Bob NeilJustice Secretary Robert Buckland refused to deny he had held talks with the Prime Minister and senior Tory MP Sir Bob Neill over his amendment to the UK Internal Market Bill.The Government is facing growing disgruntlement on its backbenches over its plans to override key elements of the Withdrawal Agreement by using domestic legislation.Mr Buckland told Sky News: “I don’t think it would be right of me to start talking about private conversations.“But what I can say is that there are lots of discussions going on with MPs from all parts of the debate, not just Bob Neill but MPs in all parts of the Conservative Party.“We want to get on with this job, we want to get this Bill through, we want to make sure we are ready for any disagreements or disputes that might arise if we don’t get agreement at the Joint Committee, and that’s what we’re planning on.”Asked about whether he had spoken to Sir Bob, Mr Buckland added: “I talk to Bob Neill regularly, I have talked to Bob Neill about the Internal Market Bill, I have spoken to other people (as well).”Pushed on whether he had raised Sir Bob’s concerns with Boris Johnson, he said: “I’ve had lots of conversations with colleagues – ultimately it is up to the Prime Minister and those responsible for business in Parliament to get the details (sorted).” 2020-09-16T08:11:06.590Z Read more about the warnings from US politicians here:No free trade deal if UK breaks Good Friday Agreement, US warnsEvening StandardBoris Johnson has been warned that the US will not support any free trade pact with the UK if it fails to uphold its commitments to Northern Ireland as part of Brexit. Advertisement 2020-09-16T07:57:47.813Z US Senators warn PM over GFA (cont.)The senators wrote that "many in Congress" considered the Good Friday Agreement, and a potential US-UK Free Trade Agreement to be "inextricably linked".They wrote: “Many in the United States and in Congress consider the issues of the Good Friday Agreement and a potential US-UK Free Trade Agreement inextricably linked.“With the issues raised in this letter in mind, we therefore urge you to abandon any and all legally questionable and unfair efforts to flout the Northern Ireland protocol of the Withdrawal Agreement and look to ensure that Brexit negotiations do not undermine the decades of progress to bring peace to Northern Ireland and future options for the bilateral relationship between our two countries.” 2020-09-16T07:43:02.290Z US Senators warn PM over GFASenior US politicians have warned Boris Johnson that Washington will not support any free trade pact with the UK if Britain fails to uphold its commitments to Northern Ireland as part of Brexit.The UK Internal Market Bill cleared its first Commons hurdle on Monday despite deep misgivings by some senior Tories, with amendments to the Northern Ireland provisions expected to emerge in the Commons next week.Four US congressmen, led by chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel, have written to Mr Johnson urging the Government to respect its open border and peace process with Northern Ireland. 2020-09-15T14:31:36.866Z Read the full story here: No 10 warns peers against trying to block controversial Brexit billDowning Street has warned peers not to try and block the controversial legislation overriding parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. The UK Internal Market Bill passed its first hurdle in the Commons on Monday, but Boris Johnson is facing a major revolt of around 20 senior Conservatives over an amendment to the bill, which could break international law. Advertisement 2020-09-15T12:25:03.446Z Downing Street has issued a warning to peers not to try to block controversial legislation overriding key elements of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.A No 10 spokesman said ministers believed the Salisbury Convention – which states the House of Lords should not vote down legislation to implement government manifesto commitments – should apply to the UK Internal Market Bill.“We would expect the Lords to abide by the Salisbury Convention,” the spokesman said.“Guaranteeing the full economic benefit of leaving the EU to all parts of the United Kingdom and ensuring Northern Ireland’s businesses and producers enjoy unfettered access to the rest of the UK were clear Conservative manifesto commitments which this legislation delivers.”Some peers have warned that the Bill – which passed its second reading in the Commons on Monday – will not get through the upper chamber in its current form. 2020-09-15T12:04:06.480Z Read the full story here:Priti Patel: We’re not about to break law over BrexitPriti Patel today contradicted Cabinet colleague Brandon Lewis by denying his dramatic Commons admission that the Government is ready to break international law in a “very specific and limited way”. Speaking after a major rebellion by around 20 senior Conservatives against the new Internal Market Bill, the Home Secretary appeared to signal a climbdown by declaring: “We are absolutely not doing that.” 2020-09-15T11:49:01.
.“Vice president (of the EC) Maros Sefcovic even went to London extremely quickly in order to seek clarifications and make the views of the EU known on this issue.“Which led… to the deadline which was set for the UK to withdraw the provisions from the draft Internal Market Bill.“This is what we expect from the United Kingdom and we have made our views extremely clear.“And we are not going to speculate on anything in the meantime. We are waiting to see the developments in London on this issue.”
Brexit Bill criticised as ‘shocking’ by Irish GovernmentIrish Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has described the decision by the British Government to vote through controversial legislation designed to override key elements of the Brexit deal as “pretty shocking”.He said the “deliberate strategy” of the British Government damages its reputation internationally.The UK Internal Market Bill cleared its first Commons hurdle on Monday despite deep misgivings by some senior Tories.Boris Johnson’s controversial plan to use domestic law to supersede elements of the Withdrawal Agreement he signed with Brussels passed its second reading by 340 to 263 – a Government majority of 77.Mr Coveney said the “unwelcome distraction” has eroded trust on both sides of the negotiating teams in the search for a trade deal.“For many people it’s pretty shocking that the British Government is voting through its parliament a Bill that breaks international law,” Mr Coveney said.“I don’t ever remember a time that has happened before.“Let’s wait and see what happens to this Bill because I think there is certainly an awful lot of division within Westminster as to whether it is acceptable or not to do that.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns to Downing Street following the weekly Cabinet meeting at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office:Getty
Home Secretary Priti Patel said "we are absolutely" not breaking the law. She said that the withdrawal Agreement was designed to safeguard the integrity of the United Kingdom."It is not about breaking the law," she said. Ms Patel added: "Parliament is sovereign when it comes to how international treaties are not just interpreted but applied through acts of Parliament." Asked whether Brandon Lewis was wrong about saying the Tories were breaking the law, she said: "We are absolutely not doing that," adding: The purpose of the bill is to ensure we preserve the integrity of the United Kingdom.
Home Secretary Priti Patel defended the controversial clauses in the Internal Market Bill.She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “This is a safety net. And that is why we have introduced this in this particular Bill.”
Priti Patel has been defending the Internal Market Bill on Sky News:(Sky News)
Boris Johnson is facing a huge rebellion from his own party:PM warned of rebellion despite Brexit bill clearing first hurdleBoris Johnson has been warned of a potential rebellion among his own MPs despite his controversial plan to override key elements of the Brexit deal clearing its first hurdle. The Prime Minister said the legislation was necessary to prevent the EU taking an “extreme and unreasonable” interpretation of provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement.
On the UK Internal Market Bill, Home Secretary Priti Patel said the Government is ensuring it stays true to the Good Friday Agreement.“When it comes to preserving the integrity of the UK and clearly delivering for the people of Northern Ireland when it comes to the Good Friday Agreement, we’ve said from day one… that we would always stand by our word and not compromise when it comes to unfettered access in goods and services but also standing by the Good Friday Agreement,” she said on BBC Breakfast.“We are ensuring the UK Internal Market Bill stays true to that principle that is why we are bringing this bill forward.”
Andrew Mitchell says he won't back parts of the Bill: Andrew Mitchell said he backed large parts of the Bill, but would not back it unless it was amended, stating: “To ask members of the parliamentary party to walk through the Lobbies quite deliberately voting to breach international law is something which I cannot do.“And which is causing very considerable anxiety and worry on the backbenches.“We all want to help the Government with these negotiations, but to do that flies in the face of all British tradition.”
The Border and Protocol Delivery Group document, seen by the Guardian, also details predictions of two hours of extra delays for Eurostar customer. Leaked 'worst-case' Brexit report warns of 7,000-lorry queues in KentA leaked Government planning report outlining “reasonable worst-case” Brexit scenarios has warned of queues of 7,000 lorries in Kent and significant delays to cross into the EU.
Good morning! Here's a recap of everything you need to know going into September 15:Your morning briefing: What you should know for Tuesday, September 15PM warned of rebellion despite Brexit bill clearing first hurdle in Commons Boris Johnson has been warned of a potential rebellion among his own MPs despite his controversial plan to override key elements of the Brexit deal clearing its first hurdle. The Prime Minister said the legislation was necessary to prevent the EU taking an “extreme and unreasonable” interpretation of provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement.
A Tory former Cabinet minister has said it would be “unacceptable” to breach international law with legislation to override the Brexit divorce deal.Andrew Mitchell hit out at clauses in the Government’s Internal Market Bill.He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The proposition that we should march through the Lobby as lawmakers and say that we are going to ignore and disavow a law that we have passed, to do with the rule of law, that is completely unacceptable.”
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