On 10 September the UK Government published the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill. The Bill is one of the most constitutionally significant Bills of the Brexit process and its effects will last far beyond the end of the transition period.
The Bill does three key things:
- Establishes new rules for the regulation of goods, services and qualifications across the UK;
- Gives UK Ministers funding powers in devolved areas and reserves powers over subsidy control to the UK Parliament; and
- Gives UK Ministers powers to pass regulations in relation to the Ireland-Northern Ireland Protocol that disapply parts of the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement .
The Bill is currently being considered by the House of Lords. The Bill was amended on its passage through the House of Commons. Our updated briefing on the Bill reflects these amendments and what they mean for how the Bill will work in practice.
Article by Nia Moss, Senedd Research, Welsh Parliament