Wednesday 30 September 2020


The Internal Market Bill cleared the House of Commons last night with little fanfare from the mainstream media.  Why the sudden lack of interest?  Primarily the backbench rebellion failed to materialise at the third reading.  Not one Tory MP voted against the bill, albeit there were a number of abstentions, including Theresa May.  The DUP failed to support the bill, despite having backed it previously.  None of their eight MPs registered a vote.

The Remain parties all opposed the bill and despite having said earlier this month that his party was prepared to support it, Keir Starmer voted against it.  He had avoided scrutiny at the second reading by way of self-isolating and with a media blackout at this third reading he has avoided scrutiny once again.

The bill now proceeds to the House of Lords.