The UKIM Bill is a responsible provision of the UK government. It will only challenge international laws and agreements if it is needed to affirm our decision – and assert our sovereign right – to leave the EU.
The UKIM Bill is that safety net that allows us to set aside parts of the Withdrawal Agreement if we need to. The only reason this part of the UKIM Bill exists – and the only reason for enacting it – is if the EU refuses to conclude a deal with us. In other words the UKIM Bill will only challenge international laws and agreements if it is needed to affirm our decision – and assert our sovereign right – to leave the EU. At the moment, in the negotiations to reach a deal, the EU is testing the limits of what “good faith” means. For example, it is threatening sanctions; to impose tariffs on goods between NI and the UK; and demanding concessions (eg on access to our fishing waters) before it will agree to what else is considered (the so called “sequencing” of the negotiations). As a result, it is necessary for us to pass this Bill.
As the transition period ends, the UKIM Bill will ensure that the most successful union of nations in the world continues to thrive. We are delivering on our manifesto commitment to ensure unfettered trade across the United Kingdom. This will ensure that lamb reared on the rolling hills of Anglesey and salt from our waters are able to cross the border into the other nations of the United Kingdom.
We were elected to deliver Brexit and that is what this Government is going to do in order to open the doors to a host of new opportunities for this country and our island.