This report focuses on the human rights implications of Part 5 of the UK Internal Market Bill.
This part of the Bill gives the Government the power to make regulations concerning:
(a) the application of exit procedures to goods travelling from Northern Ireland to Great Britain
(b) EU State Aid in Northern Ireland. The Bill as originally introduced
provided that regulations made under Part 5 would be effective notwithstanding their inconsistency with any domestic or international law ‘whatsoever’.
During its passage through the Commons, the Government amended the Bill, which now acknowledges that this reference to domestic or international law does not include the Convention rights guaranteed by the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA).