The Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) Westminster leader Ian Blackford blasted PM Boris Johnson on Wednesday, saying he “was all over the place” when it comes to the regulation of the internal UK affairs after Brexit.
“He doesn’t remember what he has written. He doesn’t understand his own Brexit deal and he doesn’t even know what is in the Internal Market Bill,” Blackford said about Boris Johnson during the Prime Minister’s Questions time.
Johnson didn’t leave the issue of Internal Market Bill unattended and touched upon its effect on the wholesomeness of Britain.
"This bill is intended to uphold the economic, the political, territorial integrity of the United Kingdom and I believe it should be supported by every member of this House," Johnson told parliament on Wednesday.
Blackford accused the Conservatives of “failing the union” of the UK, when during the PMQs he referred to the clause 46 of the Bill.
Blackford suggested that Section 46 would allow “the Tories to bypass Scotland's Parliament and take decisions on the NHS, education, infrastructure, economic development, culture and sport - a blatant power grab."
"This bill allows the Tories to bypass Scotland's Parliament and take decisions on the NHS, education, infrastructure, economic development, culture and sport - a blatant power grab."— Tom French (@tomfrench85) September 16, 2020
SNP Westminster Leader @IanBlackford_MP challenges Boris Johnson on the Tory power grab #PMQs pic.twitter.com/YIHaq9RTED
During the 2016 referendum on the membership of the European Union, Scotland largely voted against Brexit. Scottish voters were first asked whether they wanted independence for Scotland in September 2014, with 55% voting against it. The government in Holyrood has since then proposed a second referendum, which however hasn’t been approved yet.
The Internal Market Bill is meant to set out general principles for market access and support, affecting trade in goods and services within the UK. The Bill’s principles would apply to all nations of the UK equally.
Given that trade in goods between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK is subject to the Northern Ireland Protocol in the Withdrawal Agreement, the Bill introduces special provisions to avoid that goods travelling from Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK to be discriminated against and can gain unfettered access to the rest of the UK.