UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 30 SEPTEMBER 2020
Centre for Brexit Studies Director Professor Alex de Ruyter has discussed what happens now after MPs gave their final backing to government plans to override parts of its Brexit agreement with the EU.
The legislation, which passed through the House of Commons by 340 votes to 256, will now go to the House of Lords. The government says it will help protect the integrity of the UK. The UK's five living former prime ministers have all spoken out against the bill.
Professor de Ruyter also discussed Britain's car industry and if it risks losing out even if there is a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU, and if having enough parts sourced within the UK and EU is the key to a free trade deal.
Alex also shared his views on if MPs need more of a say in local lockdowns, or if the decision should be left to the local authority, after a growing number of MPs think the lockdowns are disproportionate, even though local leaders have often requested them.