The Government will publish the UK Internal Market Bill tomorrow.

It’s already controversial, in part due to today’s comments in Parliament, but also because the Devolved Administrations see it as a power grab.…
The #UKIM will establish a new “Office for the Internal Market” within the @CMAgovUK.

The exact powers of this body will be set out in the bill. However areas of oversight are stated in the press release to include consumer protection, food, animal welfare and the environment.
Not all powers repatriated from the European Commission are to be held in Westminster.

Under the UK Internal Market Bill, the Devolved Administrations will gain new powers in respect of
air quality, energy efficiency of buildings and elements of employment law.
Expect lots of discussion of the Sewel Convention in the coming days (explained below).

The @scotgov has already said it won’t support a consent motion on the subject.
The Government also proposes to use the bill to set out how it will replace the EU funds, such as #ERDF.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (#UKSPF) will, as a minimum, match existing national allocations. But will England’s regions receive the same amounts?
In terms of political context, it’s worth noting that there are Scottish and Welsh Parliament elections scheduled for 6 May 2021.

Although that date may seem far off now, all politicians will be keenly aware of it.
Article 46 of the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill is going to be highly controversial.

Expect robust calls from Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish politicians in the coming days to establish concurrent powers in respect of economic development and other activities listed.

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6 Sep
Funnily enough when the Daily Mail covers the EU trade talks, it never mentions it is suing the European Commission.

The owners aren’t happy that the European Commission regards them to have received unlawful State aid by using a tax break for foreign companies.

The crux of the deadlock is “ideology vs economic pragmatism”

The EU has asked the UK to produce its own State aid regime which achieves the same “high standards”.

However the UK won’t engage with this because of the ideology of Boris Johnson’s inner circle.
I think they’re missing the bigger picture.

The people shopping on Britain’s high streets don’t want to see a fall in their living standards due to the ideology of a few in Westminster.

The Sun has captured the mood of the people in this editorial.
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