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Here we go! Boris and Truss about to unveil new masterplan to shred hated Brexit deal

NewsHere we go! Boris and Truss about to unveil new masterplan to shred hated Brexit deal


The Financial Times reports that Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss have in principle signed off plans to present a Northern Ireland bill in the next parliamentary session which begins in May. Whitehall insiders told the daily that Mr Johnson’s administration was developing the plans partly in anticipation of a new constitutional crisis if Unionist parties, which reject the Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP), refuse to re-enter the region’s power-sharing executive after the May 5 elections.

 

Under the proposed legislation, ministers would have unilateral powers to switch off key parts of the protocol in UK law.This would include border checks on goods travelling to the region from Great Britain.

The move is expected to provoke the European Union’s anger.

Last year the bloc signalled it could suspend its post-Brexit trade deal with the UK if the Government reneged on its commitments under the NIP.

A Government spokesperson told the Financial Times: “No decisions have yet been taken and our overriding priority continues to be the protection of peace and stability in Northern Ireland.”

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