Tory Brexiteers to back Northern Ireland Protocol Bill – POLITICO

LONDON — Hardline Tory Brexiteers have signaled their support for the UK’s plan to overturn post-Brexit trade rules in Northern Ireland, which they say protects the Union from the UK.

The European Research Group (ERG), a group of Eurosceptic Conservative MPs, is poised to back the Government’s Northern Ireland Protocol Bill at its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday.

The protocol, which introduced health and customs checks on goods transported from Britain to Northern Ireland, was painstakingly agreed with the EU as a crucial part of the Brexit divorce. OK.

A legal analysis of the bill by the group’s so-called star chamber of experts concluded that the bill ‘properly reinforces’ the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement, which ended decades of sectarian violence In the region.

In a report outlining its findings, published on Saturday, the star chamber warned that “significant aspects” of the bill depend on UK ministers introducing secondary legislation, but assuming those regulations are approved, the bill would protect the Union.

“The Chamber of Legal Stars has come to the conclusion that it approves of the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill as it achieves the constitutional objective of reaffirming Northern Ireland as part of the constitutional territory of the United Kingdom. Kingdom and its sovereignty,” they wrote.

The report was authored by prominent Tory lawmakers Bill Cash, a longtime Eurosceptic and chairman of the Commons European Scrutiny Board, and ERG Deputy Chairman David Jones, along with pro-Brexit lawyers Martin Howe and Barney Reynolds.

The star chamber said it was satisfied with the provisions of the bill to remove the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) when it comes to “interpreting and applying” the protocol. But in a sign that the ERG does not fully trust the government, the group warned that the legislation would also empower ministers “to reintroduce such a mechanism through regulation”.

The group also concluded that the bill “does not remove the so-called Irish Sea trade boundary”, but “limits its effect to goods actually destined for the EU”.

“The bill was necessitated by the European Union’s intransigence over the negotiating mandate, and in view of the breakdown of negotiations” between the EU and the UK, they said. writes, “attributable to the unjustifiable failure of the European Union to recognize that the United States The Kingdom has left the European Union.

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