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BBC News 14 Sep 2020

Boris Johnson wins Commons backing for Brexit powers that breach international law


The prime minister Boris Johnson has faced scathing criticism in the House of Commons - and from five former prime ministers - as he called on MPs to back his controversial Internal Market Bill.

The new law would override part of the the UK's withdrawal agreement with the European Union — a deal agreed by Boris Johnson himself last year.

The House of Commons voted to pass the bill, despite a growing number of Conservatives refusing to back the government.

David Cameron has become the latest former prime minister to criticise the plans.

Boris Johnson claims the bill could be needed in order to "ensure the integrity of the UK's internal market", particularly in relation to the movement of goods between Britain and Northern Ireland.

The bill still requires the support of the House of Lords, where it is likely to face further opposition.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by political editor Laura Kuenssberg.

Boris Johnson is facing a showdown with MPs, including many Conservatives, when they debate controversial proposals that would allow the government to ignore key parts of its Brexit withdrawal agreement with the EU.

MPs are preparing to vote on the government's plan — which would allow it to change or ignore rules agreed for the movement of goods between Britain and Northern Ireland.

The government has admitted that those proposals would breach International law. That has provoked widespread criticism, with some senior Conservatives refusing to support it.

However the Justice Secretary, Robert Buckland has defended the plan, calling it an emergency Brexit "insurance policy" if the EU acts unreasonably during the current talks on a future trade deal.

Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reporting by chief political correspondent Vicki Young.
A government bill promised by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson that will change the UK's Brexit deal with the EU will 'break international law' according to one cabinet minister. The Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis admitted the new legislation would go against the treaty 'in a specific and limited way'. The former prime minister Theresa May has warned the changes could damage trust in the UK over future trade deals. The latest round of trade negotiations between Britain and the EU started today. Our chief political correspondent Vicki Young reports.
There's more evidence of the severe problems being faced by people who need a test for coronavirus and of thousands of results being delayed.

The prime minister Boris Johnson blamed the shortage on what he called a "colossal spike" in demand, with the re-opening of schools being the prime cause.

Boris Johnson's critics say it's also the case that the government has failed to deliver on its promises. Mr Johnson told MPs that everything possible was being done and that he was determined to avoid another lockdown which he said would be "disastrous for the economy".

Meanwhile health officials in the north-west of England have warned that the coronavirus testing system there is at breaking point.

The demand is so great that some hospitals in Bolton, Wigan and the Wirral have warned people with symptoms to stay away, saying there are no tests at their accident and emergency departments.

Officials in the north-east of England say they will impose new restrictions by the end of the week.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by health editor Hugh Pym, health correspondent Dominic Hughes and Fiona Trott.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says that if the U.K. and the EU cannot reach a Brexit trade agreement, he will "move on" and work to secure individual deals with each EU member state. As the latest round of negotiations gets underway, the government is reported to be planning a new law which could affect special arrangements for Northern Ireland. BBC News political editor Laura Kuenssberg has this special report for CBSN.

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