European Union Committee
The United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Part 5

14th Report of Session 2019-21 - published 16 October 2020 - HL Paper 147



Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The Withdrawal Agreement and the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland

Overview: negotiating the Protocol

Box 1: EU Committee work on Brexit and Northern Ireland

Analysis of the Protocol

The objectives of the Protocol

The EU Customs Code

The United Kingdom internal market

State aid

The role of the Joint Committee

The consent mechanism

The status of the Withdrawal Agreement in UK law

Box 2: The principles of ‘direct effect’ and ‘primacy’

Good faith

Safeguards and dispute resolution

Chapter 3: The United Kingdom Internal Market Bill

The objectives of the Bill

Clause 42: Northern Ireland’s place in the UK internal market and customs territory

Clause 43: unfettered access

Clause 44: export declarations

Clauses 45 and 46: State aid

Clause 47: incompatibility with international or domestic law

Clause 56: commencement

Chapter 4: The compatibility of the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill with international law

The Government’s legal argument

The European Commission’s response

Government allegations against the EU

The European Union Committee’s letter of 18 September 2020

Chapter 5: Conclusions

Appendix 1: List of Members and declarations of interest

Appendix 2: Letter dated 18 September 2020 from Lord Kinnoull, Chair of the European Union Committee, to Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

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