The British government on Monday Sept. 21, 2020, has won over some domestic political opponents of its plan to breach part of the Brexit divorce deal it agreed with the European Union.
The bill would give the government powers to breach parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, which a minister has admitted would break worldwide law.
Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sparked outrage in Brussels with plans to give United Kingdom ministers the power to override some of the European Union exit terms negotiated only past year.
Tory backbench pressure had forced the Prime Minister to agree to amend the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill in order to give MPs a vote before the Government can use powers which would breach the Brexit divorce deal brokered with Brussels a year ago.
However, the amended bill still gives the United Kingdom the power to breach the treaty, and as such is unlikely to address concerns in Brussels. That was enough for some Conservatives who had previously opposed the bill but said they would now vote for it.
May struck a divorce deal with the European Union in 2018 after two years of painstaking negotiations.
Mrs May was ousted and replaced by Mr Johnson last summer after her repeated attempts to get a Withdrawal Agreement past MPs.
"Frankly, my view is to the outside world it makes no difference as to whether a decision to break global law is taken by a minister or by this Parliament - it is still a decision to break worldwide law", she went on. "It is one of the things that makes us great".
Johnson's government hopes to shepherd the bill through Parliament and into law in the coming weeks.
May said the legislation is unnecessary because the Brexit divorce treaty already contains provisions that would allow the U.K.to defend its interests against the EU.
But clauses of the IMB would allow ministers to circumvent part of the agreement relating to Northern Ireland, prompting fury from British and foreign critics from as far away as the United States.
It would require parliamentary approval before any future decision could be made by the government to disapply the terms of the Northern Ireland protocol in the Withdrawal Agreement.
However, the British government admitted that the proposals would break global law, but "in a very specific and limited way", and adds to growing concerns that Britain could crash out of the European single market with no agreement on trade when the status quo agreement expires in December.
"EU source tells me that talks have been going a bit better than expected and there is a "window of opportunity" (subject to the full application of withdrawal agreement)". But many, including May, have warned that the proposed law could destabilize the peace settlement.