Downing Street has reported isolated precedents for governments that violate international law, but none of them are directly comparable to the proposals contained in this bill. The European Commission`s reaction to the bill was immediate and called for an extraordinary meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee, which took place the following day, 10 September. On 1 October, the Commission sent a letter of formal notice to the United Kingdom for breach of its obligations under the VA, which opened infringement proceedings against the United Kingdom. Since the United Kingdom did not respond before the end of October, the Commission can now continue the proceedings and send a reasoned opinion to the United Kingdom. In the meantime, the bill passed third reading in the House of Commons, even though the House of Lords government is severely inferior, with amendments removing controversial clauses. While the government has indicated its intention to resume the clauses when the bill returns to the House of Commons in December, it would be open to it to stop insisting that it be adopted if and if an agreement is reached in the ongoing negotiations on the future relationship between the EU and the UK. Gove said the two sides had reached an “agreement in principle” on all issues, which could help pave the way for a trade agreement, given that the final deadline has been set. Section 46 (Article 40 originally) stipulates that ministers, de-elected ministers and all those who perform a public function must pay particular attention to Northern Ireland`s place in the UK internal market and the customs territory of the United Kingdom, as well as the need for the free movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Deputy First Minister Michelle O`Neill said: “Brandon Lewis and the whole British cabinet don`t care what happens to us in Northern Ireland. They have repeatedly shown that they are ready to play here in Northern Ireland as a toy of the Brexit negotiations – an international deal that has been painstakingly concluded after months of negotiations. [51] O`Neill stated that the withdrawal agreement protected the Good Friday agreement and that it was “astonishing” that the British government was thinking “of its pain” in destroying an international treaty they signed. [53] Speculation about the fate of the law was reinforced by Joe Biden`s victory in the U.S.

election. The president-elect was quick to criticise the law when it was first published and warned that the Good Friday peace deal in Northern Ireland “cannot be a victim of Brexit.” The protocol will come into full force on 31 December 2020 (at the end of the “transition period”), provided changes are made to an agreement on future relations between the EU and the UK. The Welsh Government`s Chief Councillor, Jeremy Miles, is quoted on 8 September 2020 as saying that “the UK government intends to sacrifice the future of the Union by stealing powers from the devolved administrations… the bill is an attack on democracy. [52] A challenge could result in financial sanctions against the United Kingdom, or even allow the EU to withdraw UK benefits under the existing agreements between the United Kingdom. More importantly, the threat of legal action could derail negotiations on a future UK-EU relationship agreement, while a key element of the EU`s approach is that any challenge to the law is separate from those negotiations, which it has pledged to pursue. These negotiations are continuing for the time being. But the UK has plans that could be introduced into a finance law in the coming weeks to allow Uk ministers to make unilateral decisions on “threatened” goods.