Northern Ireland Protocol Bill to be debated in House of Commons today

27/06/2022 12:39:00

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill to be debated in House of Commons today

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill to be debated in House of Commons today

The EU has warned that it could take further action against the UK if it proceeds with plans to scrap parts of the Brexit deal.

Image: Alamy Stock Photo Image: Alamy Stock Photo THE SECOND READING of the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill will take place in the House of Commons today.Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has said he believes there is widespread political support for British government plans to override the Northern Ireland Protocol.The Bill gives British ministers the power to override parts of the protocol which was agreed between Britain and the EU to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland following Brexit.Expand Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis appearing on the BBC1 current affairs programme Sunday Morning.

The Bill would see customs checks between Northern Ireland and Britain effectively scrapped and would give UK government ministers the power to change almost every aspect of the text.MPs will hold a debate on the Bill and decide whether it can proceed for further consideration.The proposed legislation has prompted the European Union to take legal action.The European Union has strongly condemned the plan to unilaterally scrap parts of the Brexit deal, and has warned that it could take further action against Britain if it enacts the legislation.The DUP has refused to return to the power-sharing executive until the protocol is scrapped or substantially changed.The EU launched fresh legal action against the UK just days after the Bill was published.".Advertisement European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic said the UK’s move had “no legal or political justification”.The power-sharing executive has not returned since May elections in which Sinn Féin won the most seats for the first time, with the DUP blocking the nomination of a speaker and the formation of a government because of its objection to the protocol.

As well as new legal action for alleged failures to implement the Northern Ireland Protocol as it stands, Sefcovic confirmed that existing infringement proceedings which had been paused while UK-EU talks took place would now be resumed...Speaking at a press conference in Brussels, Sefcovic said the UK Government had set out to “unilaterally break international law”.The plan would mean “breaking an agreement that protects peace and stability in Northern Ireland, an agreement reached together only three years ago”.it's legislation that will resolve the very issues that have been detrimentally affecting people in Northern Ireland and indeed people in businesses across Great Britain who can't supply Northern Ireland at the moment, and having that detrimental impact on the institutions of Stormont itself, and I think for that reason we will see a good majority for this legislation when it goes through tomorrow," he added.“Let there be no doubt: there is no legal nor political justification whatsoever for unilaterally changing an international agreement.“Opening the door to unilaterally changing an international agreement is a breach of international law as well..“This is taxpayers’ money and if MLAs aren’t sitting then we need to make decisions I think fairly soon.

So let’s call a spade a spade: this is illegal.” Asked about potential further action against the UK, he said: “If this draft Bill becomes the law then I cannot exclude anything.that's very much a matter for them, but I am very clear, I would like to have seen Stormont back up and running already.#Open journalism No news is bad news Support The Journal Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you Support us now “But we are not there yet and we want to solve this issue as the two partners should, through negotiations, looking for the common ground and delivering for the people of Northern Ireland.” Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the legislation will cause “economic vandalism” on Northern Ireland.I do require legislation to deal with that, but yes, if Stormont is not back up and running soon, I think that is something we need to deal with and I will be looking to bring legislation in order to deal with MLA pay, absolutely.“If this Bill is enacted, I think we’re into a very serious situation.“Northern Ireland has been without a fully functioning executive since February because of the protocol, at the time of a cost of living crisis and many other challenges,” she said.

But of course, no-one in Northern Ireland and no-one in the island of Ireland wants Northern Ireland to lose access to the EU market,” he said.Again this is taxpayers' money and if MLAs aren't sitting then we need to make decisions I think fairly soon.“I think that’s one consistent thread.I think if if we have a complete unilateral reneging on an international agreement, that the United Kingdom Government itself signed up to, then of course we’re in a very serious situation.“But we want to avoid that, nobody wants a trade war in any shape or form.” As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox:.

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