What does the Internal Market Bill mean for Wales and what’s behind the headlines?

Published 23/09/2020   |   Last Updated 27/05/2021   |   Reading Time minutes

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 will have a significant impact on the way the Senedd and other legislatures in the UK pass laws in future. Our Bill summary looks at how the Bill will affect Wales, its key provisions and reactions to it.

Article by Nia Moss, Senedd Research, Welsh Parliament