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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?

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 14th, 2022 at 02:44:08 PM EST

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