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Northern Ireland Protocol Bill
Volume 717: debated on Monday 27 June 2022

Second reading ...

The Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs  (Elizabeth Truss)

We are taking this action to uphold the Belfast/Good Friday agreement, which has brought peace and political stability to Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland protocol is undermining the function of the agreement and of power sharing. It has created fractures between east and west, diverted trade and meant that people in Northern Ireland are treated differently from people in Great Britain. It has weakened their economic rights. That has created a sense that parity of esteem between different parts of the community, an essential part of the agreement, has been damaged.

Mr Andrew Mitchell
(Sutton Coldfield) (Con)

I have an immense amount of sympathy with what the Foreign Secretary is saying, and it does seem to me as though the EU is not being particularly constructive in trying to get the solution that we all want to see. But many of us are extremely concerned that the Bill brazenly breaks a solemn international treaty, trashes our international reputation, threatens a trade war at a time when our economy is flat, and puts us at odds with our most important ally. Can she say anything to reassure me in my anxieties on these points?

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 14th, 2022 at 02:44:08 PM EST
Diplomatic whataboutery between EU and UK Government must end - Beattie | Aug. 8, 2022 |

At this stage we don`t care who said what when. The EU is as culpable as the UK Government and right now we need proper negotiations and Northern Ireland politicians must be in the room. 
"What we do care about is Northern Ireland and its people. The Protocol needs dealt with once and for all because it continues to damage the Belfast Agreement and places a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.
"The Ulster Unionist Party`s alternatives and solutions are there for all to see and have been since 2019. They also formed part of the UK Government`s Command Paper published in July 2021 and the Protocol Bill which has passed through the House of Commons.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 14th, 2022 at 02:44:48 PM EST
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So Boris succeeded to pass Brexit and NI Protocol on to the new PM Elizabeth Truss ... after David Cameron, Theresa May, Boris himself, to confront the EU with a new face in Downing Street 10 and a restart for negotiations ... do you think?

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    The EU's executive accuses London of failing to comply with the applicable customs requirements, supervision requirements and risk controls on the movement of goods from Northern Ireland to Great Britain.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 14th, 2022 at 02:46:31 PM EST
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    Northern Ireland: PEACE PLUS programme will support peace and prosperity across Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland

    The Commission has adopted the PEACE PLUS, a new cross-border EU programme to strengthen peace and reconciliation and cross-border cooperation between Ireland and Northern Ireland. It combines the previous INTERREG and PEACE funding strands into a new programme for the 2021-2027 EU period.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 14th, 2022 at 02:47:25 PM EST
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