Oct 18 (Reuters) – Britain may rewrite its Internal Market Bill, which is currently being debated in Parliament, as part of a Brexit deal with the European Union, Bloomberg News reported Sunday.
The bill would give the British government the right to invalidate parts of the Withdrawal Agreement, the divorce treaty it signed with the EU.
The minister in charge of negotiating Brexit with the EU, Michael Gove, will hold talks on the issues covered by the new law at a joint committee meeting on Monday with the bloc’s representative Maros Sefcovic, Bloomberg said.
The bill was approved by the lower house of the UK Parliament last month and will be debated in the House of Lords on Monday.
Lawmakers are unlikely to reject the bill completely this week, but they are sure to remove the most controversial parts in the coming weeks, said the report, citing people familiar with the matter.
The bill seeks to protect free trade between Britain’s four nations once the Brexit transition period ends.
Britain says the bill will not be necessary if negotiations on future relations with the EU, particularly on trade, are successful.
Meanwhile, Gove said on Sunday the door was being kept “ajar” for talks on a post-Brexit trade deal to continue if the EU changed its approach.
(Report by Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru, Edited in Spanish by Manuel Farías)