The EU (Future Relationship) Bill is expected to clear the House of Commons with the Conservatives and the majority of Labour MPs set to support it. But the SNP, the DUP, Plaid Cymru, the SDLP, Alliance and the Liberal Democrats have all indicated they will not vote for it.
Kirsten Oswald MP, SNP’s Westminster deputy leader, said: “Boris Johnson’s extreme Tory Brexit deal is a disaster for Scotland, which will cause long-term damage to jobs, businesses and the economy at the worst possible time.”
Despite the threat, Mr Johnson has insisted that the deal means the UK will be “the best friend and ally the EU could have”, whilst fulfilling the “sovereign wish” of the British people to live under their own laws.
In a Commons speech, he will tell MPs: “The central purpose of the Bill is to accomplish something which the British people always knew in their hearts could be done, but which we were told was impossible.
“Namely that we could trade and cooperate with our European neighbours on the closest terms of friendship and goodwill, whilst retaining sovereign control of our laws and our national destiny.”
A Commons debate will start at around 9.30am, with a vote expected in the early afternoon.
Following proceedings in the Commons, the legislation will be debated by peers in the House of Lords, with a vote expected after 10pm, with Royal Assent to follow afterwards if it is passed.
The Devolved Governments at the Senedd, Holyrood and Stormont will also hold debates on the laws with eyes set to be on the SNP led administration in Scotland as Nicola Sturgeon is set to address the nation on Scotland’s future within the EU.
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8am update: Businesses need to ‘understand’ the changes Brexit brings, report says
Businesses must understand the “significant changes” in the UK’s relationship with the EU brought about by Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, according to MPs.
The assertion was made in a new report published by the House of Commons’ Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union.
The report, released ahead of MPs’ return to Parliament on Wednesday, was published at “great speed” according to Committee chair Hilary Benn following the announcement of the deal on Christmas Eve.