From the collapse in the rule of law achieved by the Conservative’s United Kingdom Internal Market Bill…
The Lords are our last hope.
Very simply, relevant clauses “have effect notwithstanding any relevant international or domestic law with which they may be incompatible or inconsistent”. Whilst there is doubt I suggest, whether this in itself is legal, as Parliament is supreme it could be (for further insight see this detailed piece here) and internationally it is clearly problematic because Parliament has agreed one thing and now proposes to suggest they have agreed quite another.
It may well be that the EU might wish – never mind legal action – to sanction the UK for failing to comply with international law. Trade sanctions are certainly a possibility – financial sanctions are another – though this last might be more difficult.
The EU should and I suggest will, continue to negotiate even if it seems mostly in vain. They need to be expansive in their negotiations – and dismissive of the UK government’s ‘lack of understanding’ of the rule of law. Which is decidedly ironic when it was a British concept.
I suggest too, that, in any case, this makes it certain that – regardless of the House of Lords – come the New Year, in the absence of an EU trade agreement, customs arrangements will be enforced to the letter. With perhaps a change of government being the only realistic solution for a softening of the EU line.
The government will unsurprisingly be regarded henceforth as suspect and untrustworthy in all that they do by our ‘ex’ EU compatriots.
Our oven-ready Brexit government has, at one stroke, made certain that the UK will be a pariah and completely distrusted in Europe and further afield.
Please stock up on preserved food and let us hope that energy supplies are sufficient to cook it.
If you have a camping stove I’d be inclined to ensure that it is, as the Brexit deal was supposed to be, oven-ready.