Thread: Internal Markets Bill & the House of Lords. Johnson wants a deal; the bill was only ever a cheap negotiating stunt, tho one that could still go badly wrong. That’s why he delayed until next week to introduce the bill in the Lords ...
... & the key votes on stopping the overriding of treaties won’t come until end Nov, by when it may have been scrapped anyway because of a deal. Full-scale battle not until early Dec, if Johnson doesn’t get deal & tries to override the Lords
In that event, unusually, the Lords won’t back down & the Bill will be lost. Rules on the Lords giving way to the Commons don’t apply in this case because there was no manifesto commitment: on contrary, 2019 Tory manifesto committed to the Withdrawal Agreement he is now ditching!

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