UK Lords Vote Down Internal Market Bill In Symbolic Gesture

Law360 (November 10, 2020, 12:34 PM EST) -- The U.K.'s House of Lords rejected legislation undermining the Northern Ireland Protocol, which gives the European Union jurisdiction over customs, state aid and other matters in Northern Ireland, in a gesture likely to delay the bill but not block it.

The unelected upper chamber of the nation's Parliament voted down the government's Internal Market Bill 433-165 on Monday, symbolically rejecting a measure they had already declined to endorse as damaging the United Kingdom's reputation and undermining the rule of law.

The Internal Market Bill is intended to smooth post-Brexit trade relations among the four home nations of the U.K.: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The bill...

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