London announces plans to ‘amend’ the Ireland Protocol


foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, Assured that the London decision does not constitute a “violation of international law”.

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The British government has announced its plans to unilaterally “amend” the Ireland Protocol, the most controversial point of the Brexit deal. foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, He appeared in parliament on Tuesday to ensure that London’s decision was not a “violation of international law”, despite warnings from Brussels and Dublin.

Mary Lou McDonaldThe chairman of Sinn Féin, the new majority party in Northern Ireland, directly accused the British government of “Break International Laws”, Labor Hillary Benn assured that unilateral action would break EU confidence and possibly blow up the Brexit deal. Many deputies warned of the risk of a trade war with the European Union, against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine and the cost of life crisis.

own boris johnson assured that the legislation his government is preparing, and that it will be presented at Westminster in the coming weeks, is actually “an insurance policy” Negotiations with the EU eventually break down in the matter. Several Conservative MPs (among them former prime ministers) Theresa May) has already warned that they could vote against the government for alleged violations of international law.

“The law will be in line with our international obligations,” Truss insisted during his speech at Westminster. “The point is not to throw away the protocol, but to amend it so that it works. The government’s preferred option is to strike a deal with the European Union.”,

“What we have offered is an appropriate solution to the problems that are being caused by the implementation of the protocol,” the head of the Foreign Office said. “Among them, there is a commercial guarantee system to assure the EU that products purchased by Northern Ireland do not enter the single market.”

“The relations between Great Britain and Northern Ireland have been undermined by the Protocolwhich is not supported by any community in Northern Ireland,” declared the Truss (indeed, and after recent elections, pro-protocol parties won 53 to 37 seats in the new assembly storemont,

The truss emphasized the practical problems raised by building the thing closest to an internal customs office in the United Kingdom, precisely on land to avoid returning to the “hard” border between the two Irelands. The solution enshrined in the Brexit deal has been blown away by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) considering it from the very beginning. Ulster has been “off the hook” from the rest of the country. And that territorial integrity is at risk.

The DUP has been the dominant party in Northern Ireland for over two decades, but has been moved to second place in recent local elections, having been defeated for the first time by the nationalist party Sinn Féin. After his defeat in the elections, Federalists refuse to be part of a “power-sharing” government -As specified in the Good Friday Peace Agreement – for as long as the Protocol remains in force.

In her speech at Westminster, Liz Truss rightly argued that a reform of protocol is necessary in order to be able to form a government in Northern Ireland. “Our priority is to maintain the Good Friday peace agreementwhich involves shared responsibility in government storemont and cooperation and equality among all communities,” Truss said.

Only the federalists were to respond positively to the declaration. “This is a good start”Declared DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson. “But the matter will have to be resolved in a few days. Words are not enough for us, we want to see action.”

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