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The Internal Market Bill puts a leash on the devolved governments

Met with fury for its law-breaking clauses, the IMB’s implications for the devolution settlement are equally alarming

By George Peretz  

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In August, I expressed concern in an article for Prospect about the impact on the devolution settlement of the government’s proposals set out in the white paper on the UK internal market. These were to impose general constraints on the powers of the devolved governments to legislate in ways that create barriers to trade between the home nations.

Those proposals have now been turned into the Internal Market Bill. Later parts of…

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