Peers will vote on the UK internal market bill with the government facing defeat
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The Lords are now voting on removing Clause 44 and inserting a new clause seeking to establish that goods from Northern Ireland would not be discriminated against in the operation of the UK market. The result is expected shortly.
Reacting to the result of the vote, Labour’s leader in the Lords, Baroness Smith, said:
I am sure some in government will initially react with bravado and try to dismiss tonight’s historic votes in the Lords. To do so, however, would underestimate the genuine and serious concerns across the UK and beyond about ministers putting themselves above and beyond the rule of law.
The government should see sense, accept the removal of these offending clauses, and start to rebuild our international reputation.