Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has delayed the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill in an effort to improve UK-EU relations and allow time for a deal to be struck. The Bill will reportedly not be brought back to the House of Lords this year, with hopes raised for a Valentine’s Day agreement between London and Brussels to stop the post-Brexit trade deal row interrupting the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement in April. But do you think this is the right move? Vote in our poll.
The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill would unilaterally remove most border checks on goods traveling between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. However, Brussels has warned that it is a violation of international law.
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A senior government official told The Sunday Times: “To give room to the negotiations we are not asking for the whips to bring it back to the Lords now. We want to give negotiations the best chance.
“Public discussions of amendments would not be helpful at this stage. We’ll let the team try the negotiations with Brussels first. If that doesn’t work, we’ll do the bill with the Lords.”
Over the weekend Downing Street denied the Bill had been put on ice, and a government spokesperson said: “The bill has not been paused. It will continue its passage through the Lords in the new year.”
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