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Senior researcher @instituteforgov: referendums, devolution and Brexit. Formerly @UKHouseofLords and @ConUnit_UCL. Views (and typos) my own!
21 Sep
Day 3 of Committee stage of the UK Internal Market Bill kicking off after 3.30. MPs will debate the provisions on the NI protocol, including those allowing ministers to break international law. Because I'm petty, I've busted the top 4 myths about the protocol πŸ‘‡
Myth 1: the protocol will be superseded by the future relationship. Unlike Theresa May's 'backstop', this version of the protocol was intended to be permanent. Parts could be made redundant by UK-EU FTA but this is unlikely given the type of future relationship the UK wants.
The exception would be on state aid, where a UK-EU agreement could allow remove some obligations under the protocol. But the most controversial provisions on customs and regulations will remain in force - deal or no deal.
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15 Sep
Today is the first day of committee stage on the UK internal market bill. Luckily, @ThimontJack's amendments explainers are back!

So what should we expect? TLDR put Tuesday 22 September in your diary! πŸ“†…
Tues 15 - Monitoring of the internal market πŸ“ˆ
MPs will debate clauses on the functions that will be given to new independent office which will be set up in the CMA. There are some amendments requiring DA approval on exercise of these functions, but these are unlikely to pass.
Tue 15 cont. - new clauses related to the internal market πŸ„
Two interesting amendments here, one from Lib Dem MP, requiring the UK gov to come up with dispute resolution, and one from Labour putting common frameworks on a statutory footing. Both again, probably unlikely to pass.
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9 Sep
Today is the day the UK Internal Market Bill is published. The bill will have *big* implications for the constitution, devolution, public spending, and the UK's international obligations (just a few issues then). Here are the top 5 things to look out for:
1) Mutual recognition - the bill will this principle - which will ensure that anything that is acceptable on the market in one part of the UK will be acceptable in the other (more complicated in NI) - in law.
The UK gov says this will simply replace the principle that already exists in EU law. The Scottish and Welsh govs argue it is an unacceptable constraint on their devolved powers & will allow English goods to undermine devolved standards & policies.
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8 Sep
Yesterday we heard reports that the UK government was planning to undermine the Northern Ireland Protocol through UK internal market bill. Today, we saw a top government legal advisor resign - this suggests it's serious. So what this all about? ThreadπŸ‘‡
So first thing to say, is we won't know what the bill actually says until it is published (expected to be tomorrow). But No 10 has suggested that ministers will take powers to 'remove ambiguity' if certain issues are not resolved by the end of the year.
Remember this version of the protocol was hastily negotiated. Lots of gaps were left and key decisions deferred to the Joint Committee (UK-EU body), including criteria according to which goods going GB-NI would be deemed 'at risk' of moving into the EU & subject to tariffs
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23 Jun
Today, the prime minister announced a major relaxation of lockdown restrictions in England to begin on 4 July, but in case you need reminding Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland make their own rules.

So what can and can't you do in each part of the UK, and when?

Thread πŸ‘‡
How many people can I meet outdoors? πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬
England - Up to 6 people from different households
Scotland - 3 households, max 8 people
Wales - 2 households, no max
NI - up to 10 people from different households
How many people can I meet indoors? 🏠
England - Only those in your social bubble, from 4 July, 2 households, no max
Scotland - Only those in your social bubble
Wales - Only those in your household
NI - From today up to 6 from different households
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18 Oct 19
There's lots of speculation about the possibility of MPs requiring a confirmatory vote on the new Brexit deal. A key thing to remember is that a vote in favour is only the first step in the process, actually holding one will prove more difficult. It's a thread kind of day πŸ‘‡
Holding a referendum requires primary legislation. It's unlikely that MPs would be able to pass such legislation without Government support. A referendum involves spending public money so the bill would need a money resolution, which needs to be tabled by a Minister.
If MPs are not able to legislate for a referendum themselves, they will need to compel the government to do so. Here it matters what mechanism they use.
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