Ministers say they support the Dubs amendment principle, but the Brexit act is not the right way to do so. Boris Johnson`s Brexit Law is just one step away from the law after it has completed its passage through Parliament. Charles Michel, President of the European Council, welcomed the vote and tweeted that it was an "important step in the process of ratifying Article 50". He added that "equal conditions of competition remain a must for all future relations." He recalled the EU`s call for fair competition in exchange for a free trade agreement with zero tariffs and zero quotas. This ensures that the UK will remain in line with EU climate, environmental and workers` rights conventions in a future trade agreement. The removal of clauses that ignore the alignment of workers` rights with the EU. The government promised in the Queen`s speech on Thursday that workers` rights would instead be "protected and strengthened" by an employment law. The 599-page withdrawal agreement covers the following main areas: The legal protection of refugee children reunited with family members in the UK has been watered down. The bill removes, by Article 37, the obligations relating to unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the EU, with the obligation to make a declaration within two months of the adoption of the law. MEPs debated key areas of the law at second reading on Monday (January 13th).
Among the participants were the opposition spokesman for leaving the EU and the president of the Liberal Democrats in the Lords. South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck, one of six Labour MPs who wanted to vote in favour of the bill, said it was time to end "opposition to the opposition." If passed, the bill would be an "extremely serious violation" of the withdrawal agreement and international law. Nevertheless, the peers decided not to continue the fight with the Commons and agreed to let the law pass. On 6 September 2020, the Financial Times reported that the UK government was considering drafting new laws to circumvent the protocol of the Northern Ireland Withdrawal Agreement.  The new law would give ministers the power to determine which state aid should be notified to the EU and to define which products at risk of being transferred from Northern Ireland to Ireland (the withdrawal agreement stipulates that in the absence of a reciprocal agreement, all products are considered vulnerable).  The government defended this approach and stated that the legislation was in accordance with protocol and that it had only "clarified" the volumity in the protocol.  Ursula von der Leyen warned Johnson not to violate international law and said that the implementation of the withdrawal agreement by Britain was a "precondition for any future partnership".  On 8 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis, told the British Parliament that the government`s internal market bill would "violate international law"."  The agreement was revised as part of the Johnson Department renegotiation in 2019.