Brexit bill moves on despite MPs’ concerns – BBC
- The Internal Market Bill has passed its latest stage in Parliament.
- The government’s amendments to the bill would prevent ministers using powers to override the Brexit withdrawal agreement unless the Commons has voted to approve it first.
- Senior Conservative backbencher Sir Bob Neill said “it’s not where I wanted to be… but in the interests of the country it’s right that we do get a proper functioning, working set of rules to enhance and improve the internal market within the UK.”
Brussels renews legal threat over UK internal market bill – FT
- At a meeting in Brussels today, Maros Sefcovic, the EU commissioner in charge of implementing the Withdrawal Agreement, told reporters that Brussels is still “studying all legal options on the table” if the UK does not back down.
- According to Sefcovic, “the bill as it currently stands violates the letter and the spirit of the withdrawal agreement” and the concessions made to Tory back benchers allowing Parliament a vote on any future use of the bill has not addressed Brussels’ concerns.
- EU leaders reaffirmed its decision to carry on negotiations for a future deal with the UK despite the dispute over the Internal Market Bill but warned that the ratification of any trade deal would be politically impossible until the dispute is resolved.
- Michael Barnier will make a final push to secure a trade deal before the 31 October deadline. He is due to be in London on Wednesday for talks with David Frost.
- German EU affairs minister Michael Roth warned that the UK have to “stop playing around at some stage”.
U.K. Warns of 7,000-Truck Line in Worst-Case Brexit Scenario – Bloomberg
- Michael Gove wrote a letter to Britain’s border industry today stating that the flow of freight between Dover and Calais could be reduced by as much as 80% compared to normal levels.
- According to the letter, as many as 70% of trucks travelling to the EU may not be ready for the new border controls.
- This letter is the first time that a government minister has put their name to the predictions of significant upheaval at the UK/EU border in January.
- The government is implementing a new IT system (the Smart Freight Service) which is due to issue trucks with a permit that they have the right paperwork to enter the EU. The government has acknowledged that this new system will be in testing mode in January and users are likely to encounter bugs.
- In the letter Gove also said that a winter spike in coronavirus may suppress freight demand which could limit the extent of disruption.
- The UK has tried to ease pressure on imports by deciding not to impose customs controls on goods coming from the EU until July 2021.
TSS Northern Ireland Protocol – gov.uk
- A consortium led by Fujitsu will supply the government with its Trader Support Service (TSS) intended to provide support to businesses engaging in new processes under the Northern Ireland Protocol.
- This will be a free service available to all traders moving goods between GB and NI and importing goods into NI from the rest of the world.
- In the lead up to the end of the transition period, the TSS will deliver guidance and training to businesses including online training modules and webinars.
- The service will go live at the end of September, allowing businesses to register and begin to receive information about preparing for the end of the transition period.