‘We are NOT breaking the law!’ Priti Patel shames Brexit wreckers in row on Boris Bill

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Home Secretary Priti Patel leapt to the defence of the Government on the controversial Brexit Internal Market Bill. The Bill passed its second reading yesterday in Parliament and Ms Patel insisted the UK was not breaking the law. While speaking on Sky News with Kay Burley she argued the Bill was safeguarding the integrity of the UK.

Ms Burley said: “Are you comfortable as Home Secretary with breaking the law in a limited way as far as Brexit is concerned?”

Ms Patel replied: “In terms of Brexit I think we have to put everything with the UK Internal Market Bill within the context of obligations.

“We have treaty obligations and we have to look at that within the framework of the Withdrawal Agreement Act which was signed earlier this year.

“The fact of the matter is that piece of legislation, that Bill, is about safeguarding the integrity of the United Kingdom.

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“It is not about breaking the law at all.”

The Sky News host listed prominent MPs and previous party leaders who have argued against the bill.

The Bill passed its second reading in the House of Commons by 340 votes to 263, a majority of 77.

However, there was a list of significant Brexiteer and Tory MPs who abstained from voting.

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Former Chancellor Sajid Javid, former attorney general, Geoffrey Cox and Jeremy Wright and two former Northern Ireland secretaries, Karen Bradley and Julian Smith abstained.

Ms Priti continued to deny that the UK Government would be breaking the law with the newly passed Bill.

She added: “Parliament is sovereign when it comes to how international treaties are not just interpreted and applied through acts of Parliament.

“This is an important point to recognise, primarily when the Withdrawal Agreement Act was signed we were very clear that we would work to protect the integrity of the United Kingdom.

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“We wanted to ensure there was unfettered access for goods and services when we withdrew from the European Union.”

The Government was expected to pass Monday’s reading, however, votes later down the line were expected to see Tory MPs rebel against it.

The Bill was introduced to the House of Commons and given its first reading on Wednesday, September 9.

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