I will confine my remarks to Part 5 of this Bill. I find myself swayed by two completely opposite accusations of bad faith. The government accuses EU negotiators of bad faith in seeking to erect ‘unreasonable’ customs barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK .
Opponents of the Bill say the bad faith is our own government’s. The Withdrawal Agreement set up a Joint Committee to resolve trade disputes; the government have chosen not to use it So, as Ed Milliband argued in his powerful phillipic in the other place, the government was proposing to breach international law for bogus reasons.
I cannot support the regret motion, and would like to explain why.
To my mind, international law is not the main issue. ‘Never before’ say Noble Lords, ‘has a BritishRead More »