No 10 claims internal market bill covered by Salisbury convention, meaning peers must accept it
At the Downing Street lobby briefing the No 10 spokesman also claimed that the Salisbury convention - a non-statutory but widely respected rule saying the House of Lords does not vote down policies in a governing party’s election manifesto - applies to the internal market bill. The spokesman said:
We would expect the Lords to abide by the Salisbury convention.
Guaranteeing the full economic benefit of leaving the EU to all parts of the United Kingdom and ensuring Northern Ireland’s businesses and producers enjoy unfettered access to the rest of the UK were clear Conservative manifesto commitments which this legislation delivers
Yes, that's right folks. The government is claiming that their manifesto simultaneously promised an oven ready deal, and that they would later renege on that deal, which therefore the Lords must support.
The level of dishonesty here is one thing. That, as amply demonstrated by this thread, many are positively eager to believe such transparent lies is far more disturbing.
Too much time on this now, no more from me.