Lords defeat government twice over internal market law – BBC

  • Peers voted by 367 to 209 to amend the Internal Market Bill, after claims that it would allow the UK government to “shackle” devolved administrations as powers are returned from Brussels. They also voted by 327 to 223 to curb ministers’ powers to rewrite parts of the bill at a later stage.
  • Once peers have finished debating the bill it will head back to the House of Commons where MPs will decide either to reject or accept the Lords’ amendments.
  • In the event of a stalemate between the two Houses, the government has not ruled out forcing through the changes through a rarely-used law known as the Parliament Act, which dates back to 1911. The act was used in 2004 by Tony Blair’s government to push through a ban on fox and deer hunting and hare-coursing with dogs.

Northern Irish businesses relaxed about post-Brexit form filling – FT

  • Filling out export declarations on goods travelling from Northern Ireland to Great Britain after the end of the Brexit transition period is not a “make or break” issue for the region’s businesses, industry leaders from the region told MPs on Wednesday.
  • The relaxed position towards EU demands for ‘exit summary declarations’ from businesses in the region is in sharp contrast to UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s insistence they cannot be tolerated under any circumstances.
  • Negotiations are continuing between the EU and the UK over the implementation of the Protocol on Northern Ireland, but Brussels has not yet acceded to a UK request to waive the exit summary declarations, which became a major sticking point between the two sides.
  • Aodhán Connolly, the director of Northern Ireland Retail Consortium, noted that the exit summary declarations were, as the name suggested, only “summaries” and not the same as full export paperwork.

Nissan’s Britain business tough to sustain without Brexit trade deal: COO Gupta – Reuters

  • Any final exit by Britain from the European Union that worsens business conditions through increased tariffs would threaten the sustainability of Nissan Motor Co’s UK operations, the Japanese car maker’s chief operating officer cautioned.
  • Tariffs resulting from a no-deal Brexit would raise costs for Nissan, while any delay in the supply of parts from overseas, because of new customs checks, could slow production. That potential Brexit disruption to supply chains that stretch across Europe could also hurt other manufacturers.
  • Ashwani Gupta, Nissan’s chief operating officer (COO) told Reuters on Wednesday “If it happens without any sustainable business case, obviously it is not a question of Sunderland or not Sunderland, obviously our UK business will not be sustainable, that’s it,”
  • Gupta said Nissan was not seeking compensation from Britain for costs incurred from any no-deal Brexit, contradicting media reports that it and Toyota Motor Corp would do so.